The World I Remember is the sixth full-length album by Lights & Motion.
“The writing of this album started off when I decided to get one of my old guitars down from the attic. In a way it was like meeting a very old friend that I had lost touch with, and it just felt really good, like there were songs to be discovered. The very first day with it I wrote ‘The World I Remember’, which eventually became the title track of the album, and the foundation on which everything else was built on. That was in December 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. I found myself reflecting a lot on where I’d come from musically and creatively. I found myself re-discovering the beauty and possibilities of the guitar, and it made me excited and connected with the younger me. Every song on this record (except one) was composed on that electric guitar. In limiting myself to writing on one instrument, a whole world opened up; I was able to spend weeks on creating beautiful guitar-tones and sounds that I’ve never used before. And the songs just started to flow from there. The production and mixing of the album took months and months of not giving up before it sounded just the way I imagined it in my mind. Mixing is just as much of a creative expression as the writing itself. That’s why I’ve never hired an outside producer or mixer for any of my albums, because it would diminish my vision for what I would like an album to be; a constant process of discovery,” says Franzen.
Franzen continues, “There are both light and shade on this album, both uplifting and melancholic. ‘Panic Attack’ is one of the darkest songs I’ve ever written, and at the same time one of the most personal. Songs like ‘Sleeping Giant’ and ‘Touching Sky’ are on the other hand very uplifting and hopefully gets your pulse up. ‘Wilderness’ is almost an acoustic track that has become one of my own favorites of the album featuring the highest vocal I’ve ever attempted. I think it’s poetic that the two singles I am releasing are the first song I wrote for this album (the title track) and the very last one ‘From Dust.’ The album title is in reference to my headspace at the time of writing it; looking at the state of the world and also reflecting on my own life and the passage of time. No matter how much we try to slow it down or hold on to it, it keeps on moving forward…and the world moves along with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.”
‘The World I Remember‘ was produced, recorded and mixed by Christoffer Franzen at Studio Evelyn in Gothenburg. Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles (M83, Paramore, Serge Gainsbourg). Additional backing vocals by Adna Kadic. Strings on “The First Day” by Conny Lindgren and Mattias Bylund. Album artwork by Luke Stackpoole. “From Dust” performance video by cinematographer Fredrik Sellergen.