Atoma – Behind Sleep and Space
By: David E. Gehlke
Blistering.com: Do you feel that with Atoma, you're able to start with a clean slate and be more productive than Slumber?
Kalantar: Definitely. It’s a universe of tunes in front of us waiting to be explored. Now we are able to release albums every two years, which is practically what we’ve been waiting for all our god damn lives. Now we can finally release the albums instead of envisioning them constantly in the head, almost reaching madness at many points.
Blistering.com: There are still some elements of Slumber in your sound, but you're trying new things, especially clean vocals. What prompted you to include them?
Kalantar: Fallout was not only a creation, it was also a projection. A projection of who we are and how we view the world. That hasn’t changed much since Fallout. We’re still miserable bastards pouring our hearts out in music, so yeah there’s a lot of Slumber still in the sound. Already at the recording of Fallout we were unhappy with the vocals. We wanted cleans but didn’t know how to do it. Now we’re learning.
Blistering.com: Skylight has a very thematic (and cinematic) feel to it. How were you able to tie in the storyline of astronauts looking for a new earth to inhabit?
Kalantar: The music was written with that in mind constantly. However we didn’t want a clear storyline in order not to take much focus from the actual music. We wanted something else. It was a thin line to thread, to create this feeling of epic story, but at the same time keeping it very abstract and dreamy.
Blistering.com: What inspired you to come up with this storyline? Are you big sci-fi fans?
Kalantar: We took our own situation and mirrored it into space. The alienation and feeling of disconnected we feel to this fast food calculative and corporate modern world we live in, made us into the astronauts we became. We began becoming obsessed with creating a vast world of Atoma as a refuge. We’re spending all our awake time in a haze exploring new ideas and trying to understand what this strange and mesmerizing phenomenon in our lives is.
Blistering.com: Your website has the tagline "Goodbye Planet Earth." What does that entail?
Kalantar: A farewell to earth. Each makes their own interpretation of that phrase after listening to the album, but for us as the musical journey begins now, we wave goodbye to this planet and seek refuge in another better place. We’ve found Atoma and will spend the rest of our lives learning to realize its vision. Earth is soon no place for real humans anymore. It’s turning into a place for machines.
Blistering.com: What do you have planned in terms of live activity? What do you expect out of your live gigs?
Kalantar: We had an opening gig in Brasov, Romania. Now we’re preparing and rehearsing constantly for tour and gigs starting later this year. I want a very visual and colorful show, combined with projections of images and videos. The atmosphere of another world. We have a long way to go.
Blistering.com: Finally, what's on tap for the rest of 2012?
Kalantar: I’m deep in the zone of thoughts for the next album to the extent that everything else becomes a distant blur. I have a few moments of clarity like right now, and I can actually write an interview. We’re deep in the process of creating the frame for next album - a first rough sketch of the next album. We’re also as I said, rehearsing and preparing for tour and gigs in fall, other than that, right now it’s hard focus on the next album.