“It’s kind of the archetypical SEKEL track for us, personally. Crayons is probably the first song that the four of us created together, and through that process, I guess essentially convinced us to form the band. I actually wrote the song when I was 15 and had forgotten about it until I stumbled upon it one day by chance in an old notebook that I brought with me to a rehearsal. Its simplicity and lack of structure was perfect for us to mould into what we had envisioned, and it immediately became a point of reference for ourselves in terms of what we wanted SEKEL to be about,” vocalist Markus Mannberg said in a statement.
“I feel that SEKEL’s music is about everyday life – the boredom of doing labour work, shitty weather, endless hours of commuting and so on. And I think their music is more British-sounding than Nordic so with that in mind I decided to use fast-paced, constantly-moving footage of travelling around London. I had already used paint and crayons for video work before they asked me to do the video so I was very happy when the track they wanted a video for was called ‘Crayons’ – I think it works really well,” the vid’s director, Rickard Daun of Flowers must Die, said in a press release.
“We recorded the album in the winter of 2016, we went away to a really secluded cabin in the woods for a few weeks. It was right in the middle of the brutal Nordic winter though so in-between the constant writing and recording, we spent our time burning wood and boiling snow to keep us alive. The album is mostly inspired by our daily experiences, but also by politics, literature, art and travelling. I think those things always inherently influence music but the album is very much a reaction to our own personal pasts – both in music and life in general,” the band said in a statement.