Tommy Bazarian, otherwise known to the music world as Lampland, is releasing his debut album No Mood, on 8th February, offering a hybrid of genre and styles.
Tommy spoke with The Fountain about the new album and what inspired the alias Lampland.
TF: A new record, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
No Mood is the debut album from this new project, and it kind of feels like making exactly what I’ve wanted to make for the first time. I spent a long time on the lyrics, and ended up with this patchwork quilt kind of storytelling, that found its way into the music too. The songs are a collage of a lot of different instruments and styles — even some found sounds and field recordings. Above all, I wanted to make a big, diverse, colorful album. Kind of in the vein of Paul Simon’s solo stuff.
TF: Why did you choose to title your music alias Lampland, out of curiosity?
Lampland is the name of a crater on the moon. I was reading about the moon’s geography and thought it felt right. I like that it sounds kind of mundane, kind of magical.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect you performing anytime soon?
At the moment, it looks like we’ll only be playing in the states for the next year. But hopefully coming your way soon!
TF: And what are you in No Mood for, what influenced you to give the album this title?
A lot of the album is about moods and emotions, and how much those things can color your life. The journey of the album is trying to escape those moods. And that was actually the originally meaning of the title — No Mood, like mood-less, in a peaceful way. Or maybe like a mantra you would say to ward off moods. But I also love the other meaning, “I’m in no mood, mister” — that suits the music too.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
We played our first show as a band last year, at this venue in New York called C’mon Everybody. I love seeing shows at that place, so it was a treat to play there.