Fyfe & Iskra Strings have previewed their upcoming album ‘Interiority’ by sharing eclectic recent tracks which have moved from haunting broken beats (‘<deletia>’) to soothing, cinematic splendour (the title track) to rousing dramatic elegance (‘Night Sky’). While all three songs possess an evident beauty, they today take a fresh leftfield turn with the new track ‘Purpose’ which features the two-time Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I grew up learning the violin in the classical tradition. As a teenager I was obsessed with composers such as Benjamin Britten and Mahler. I was also going to gigs and club nights and loved bands such as New Order and My Bloody Valentine as well as lots of electronic music”.
Tell us about your new single Purpose and how you came to work with Ghostpoet?
“Purpose starting life as an instrumental but we could immediately hear Ghostpoet’s voice on it. We sent him a copy and thankfully he was into it. We were absolutely buzzing when he sent through his vocal”.
Describe your music in 3 words
“Imagination, wonder, cinematic”
How did you both first meet each other?
“I first met Paul whilst he was still at school. I was studying at the Royal College Of College and his parents asked me whether I would teach him and his siblings. Our relationship started out with me in a mentoring role but as our musical careers developed we become collaborators”.
You collaborate with some great artists on your new album including is there anyone else you would love to collaborate with?
“There’s so many artists we would love to collaborate with! We’ve both talked about how much we love Little Simz’s recent albums. I’m a big Cocteau Twins fan and so collaborating with Elizabeth Fraser would be incredible”.
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
“We love lots of different styles and genres of music but are also inspired by literature and films. For this project I sent Fyfe a copy of Douglas Coupland’s novel ‘Microserfs’. This inspired some of the lyrical themes and also the title of the album”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“In our current political landscape being kind seems to be an almost revolutionary characteristic. Kindness would be a great thing to be remembered for though”.
Have you got any gigs coming up?
“There are plans for some gigs later in the year. Watch this space”.
By Siân Parker