BIMM Berlin Guitar student, Edvard Hadalin, makes up one third of indie outfit In The Attic. Their track ‘Stupid Fish’ is the fourth from their innovative debut album, ‘Jimmy’s’, which follows one tragic character over ten songs.
Edvard plays guitar on this bold track and also worked on its composition. We spoke with him about the idea behind the song, recording it in his home country of Slovenia, and its place in the album’s narrative.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION/IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE TRACK?
The story of ‘Stupid Fish’ is such that it can stand on its own, but at the same time it serves the greater narrative of the album. All the album’s songs narrate the life events of a simple man called Jimmy. The song ‘Impressionist’ opens the album and presents Jimmy; a non-caring impressionist taking in his surroundings. But Jimmy can’t stay like this forever. He’s overtaken by his impulses in ‘Extraordinary Refrigerating System’ and, in time, also by love in this featured song, ‘Stupid Fish’. At this point Jimmy finds love and it affects him in more profound ways than he expected. Rather than being joyous, he’s suffering, he’s confused and disconnected, and he can’t get himself together. Instead of love taking him to new highs, it swallows him down and drowns him, surrounded by nothing more than stupid fish.
WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?
The song was recorded at BearTracks Studio in my home country of Slovenia. As a trio, we recorded the song live in the studio and then focused on overdubs, such as harmonies and doubling guitar parts.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LINE/SECTION OF THE SONG?
My favourite line is: ‘Under the water where there’s no air, I breathe you in but die anyway’.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS?
Indie. Alternative. Rock.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM?
It’s definitely learning relevant stuff in a way that’s very inspiring and easy to apply to your own musical projects/careers.