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Family Affair

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“We just finished a studio block with Joel,” says Broods multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott. “We go in for the final week later on, and then we hope to get our album out to people by August.”

It’s a casual statement, variants of which can be found in almost any interview. But unpacking Caleb’s words reveals an extraordinary story. For one, the “Joel” he mentioned is New Zealand producer Joel Little, who recently helped Lorde craft the dark electronic sheen of her debut, Pure Heroine. And while it might be common for a band to have a timeline for finishing their first full-length album, things for Broods are happening at light speed. Before last November, Caleb and his bandmate/sister Georgia Nott were complete unknowns, still dreaming of their big break.

Born into a family that encouraged music in any form, the Notts began writing songs together at an early age. As Caleb recalls, his teenage years were marked by performances whenever and wherever, while the two moved from rock to pop, attempting discover their sound. While their musical tastes run the gauntlet, both siblings discovered early on that their strengths complimented each other.

“I never remember lyrics or anything like that,” Caleb admits sheepishly. “But I remember the bass lines or the different layers in the song. I don’t even remember half our lyrics. They only come to me three seconds before I have to sing them on stage. She remembers every lyrics and every melody line. She’s more drawn to strong singers and interesting musicianship.”

Caleb and Georgia’s partnership persisted after graduation, the pair scheduling recording sessions between Caleb’s university classes and Georgia’s job. Inspired by their mutual love for Danish musician Oh Land, the siblings began dabbling in darker electronic beats to better showcase Georgia’s emotive soprano vocals.

“I like playing with different noises and things, and creating a product at the end of it,” Caleb muses—noting that unlike his sister, he never considered being a musician a viable career choice. “I like to portray what Georgia is feeling or whatever through the music. It’s such an interesting process to go through, matching music to emotions. For Georgia, I think it’s a really emotional getaway. That’s how she deals with a lot of stuff, through writing songs.”

Broods revealed their first song last November. A cinematic track, “Bridges” is the perfect introduction to their sound. Moody, but not melodramatic. Polished, but not overproduced. Electronic, but not inorganic.

Ostensibly, Broods put “Bridges” on Soundcloud for their friends and parents. But the duo couldn’t have chosen a better time to introduce themselves to the music world. Appetites wetted on the success of likeminded artists London Grammar and MS MR, it was, by Caleb’s estimation, only a few days before tastemakers started writing about the song. A month later, the Notts were in Los Angeles to sign a record deal with Capitol Records.

“It was pretty nuts,” Caleb admits. “I think I failed my last assignment in uni because I just couldn’t concentrate! I was still studying at that point and it was just too much. I couldn’t handle it. Too excited.”

Getting signed was the surprisingly easy part. Now comes the real challenge—recording their full-length. But Caleb isn’t sweating the road ahead. He speaks enthusiastically about the forthcoming album’s emotional content, which he says will span the spectrum. He also hints that it won’t be quite as dark as their self-titled EP. But since there’s still another large chunk of recording ahead of them, he also confesses that those descriptions are, at best, a guess.

“I still have no idea what the final product is going to be,” he admits with a light laugh. “We could write some songs on tour and finish them off on the last week in the studio. Songs that I’m thinking of right now could be off the album. You never know until you seal the deal and finish it off.”



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