Exclusive Premiere: Skold’s New Song “The Hunger”
This installment comes from Swedish multi-instrumentalist Skold, who has worked with KMFDM and Marilyn Manson. Anomie (Metropolis), Tim Skold’s second full-length as a solo artist and first in 15 years, comes out today. He shares one song off the album, “The Hunger,” here. Skold fills us in below.
REVOLVER Our readers might know you best from your work with Marilyn Manson, KMFDM, and Shotgun Messiah. How has working with those groups affected you as a songwriter?
TIM SKOLD Working with those groups has allowed me to make a living writing and making music, and there’s no doubt that has affected me as a songwriter. But how is hard for me to tell. My creativity is a mystery to me, and I think it is best kept that way. Trying to analyze it might very well jinx it. As much as I enjoy collaborating, working that way will automatically limit the engagement. When I am working with other people you will get pieces of me. But with Skold it’s pure and unadulterated. I have no one to blame but myself.
What’s this song about?
Thematically, it is about the pleasure of suffering and the suffering of pleasure. Those two, sitting in a tree… I like to write for the listeners imagination, more like conjuring a story rather than straight out telling it.
Which part of it did you come up with first?
As soon as I wrote the first few notes to “The Hunger,” I knew it was going to be a ride to a dark place and that I was going to have to fight the darkness the whole way. I wanted to see how far I could bend it in some ways. The song is in itself the inspiration. To me it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, almost passing for a real pop song.
Was this an easy song to record?
Very few things about making music solo makes anything easier. Although I don’t have to worry about scheduling and such and I can just work when I feel like it, it very easily becomes more complicated. One of the problems, and I know it may seem kind of schizo, is that I find myself wearing several different hats during the day. For example, when I record guitar I very much focus on the guitar and everything about the guitar as a guitar player would. But at the same time I am also producing and engineering this recording so I have to make sure everything is working on that end. I think I have a decent handle on escaping mentally and engaging with the different musical roles with complete dedication.
Photo: Jim Louvau