Hot on the heels of playing Riot Fest, Ganser released their new EP, You Must Be New Here, today, along with its lead single “Buio” and accompanying music video. The EP is their first release following their debut, Odd Talk. Working with longtime collaborator Brian Fox, they are now joined in co-production by Mia Clarke, previously of Electrelane. Here’s a track-by-track breakdown of their new album.
Brian: If we played you the initial idea for this song, you wouldn’t hear much difference. One of those that kind of came together on its own. Maybe it even wrote itself. It’s spooky like that.
Alicia: We found it funny people mistake us for goth, so the lyrics are poking at that. It’s very easy to put on the guise of genre and glamour your way into people’s ears with a hook.
Brian: This one’s a little different for us. A bunch of what may be considered disparate influences that ended up playing well together. Took a bit more work than “Buio” to make it coherent. It will be interesting to hear it evolve in our live sets.
Nadia: As soon as I heard the initial ideas for this song, it sparked for me. It was kind of exciting to really dig in and work this one out. With the vocals, I was listening to a lot of DEVO at the time, so that informed the delivery a bit.
You Must Be New Here
Nadia: This song was a slow burn for me. It just kept evolving into something bigger and more intense as we worked on it. I’m really happy with how it ended up, and I think Alicia’s evolution of the vocals is just perfection.
Alicia: The first song we came up with during the new EP/LP writing phase. I looked up an email to Nadia from around the holidays in 2017 with the first seeds of this song were planted. Sometimes, you just want to be told what to do, a workout instructor for life. “Speak, Repeat.” “Life cycles, Spin dry.” Because I didn’t want to be my own Motivational Speaker, Nadia’s the one to tell me to keep going. I don’t know if she knows that, but there it is. Things are really overwhelming right now; I guess that’s always how it’ll be. You don’t really have a choice in the matter; you can only control how you react to it.