Posted by CatJuan on November 4, 2009
Sydneysider Cat Juan spends a sunny Wednesday morning (or late Bergen night, if you’re on the other end of the phone line) with Eirik Glambek Bøe, half of Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience.
Covered: dependence, what makes a song lasting, and plans to come to Australia.
Cat Juan: Why don't you tell me a little about your new album Declaration of Dependence? What is it dependence to?
Eirik Glambek Bøe: It's a title that has meaning on several levels. To me it describes a very personal experience I have in my own life of realizing that the idea of freedom that I was somehow caught up with, and strived for, somehow didn't feel true. I was looking at my own life and realizing that a lot of my efforts in life actually have to do with trying to belong to something that is bigger than myself. And trying to make my relationships work and trying to somehow feel united with people around me. So it's something like a conflict between the cultural idea of freedom, that I feel is this ideal around me, and this other personal experience of seeing how freedom and independence is not at all what I need to be happy.
CJ: Could you elaborate more on what you meant by relationships, is this in your personal relationship with your girlfriend Ina, who appears in most of your videos and album covers.
E: It’s both on a romantic level and also with my friends and family. I mean all my efforts somehow seem to be motivated by this desire to be with people not be away from them.