There is no doubt that Nicholas Chapel, the mastermind of Demians, is an interesting fellow. He named his music after a character in Hermann Hesse’s novel Demian, which he discovered in his grandfather’s attic at the age of six or seven. On his highly praised 2008 debut album, Building An Empire, Chapel played all of the instruments himself and produced the record in his own bedroom.
During the creation of his new follow-up album, Mute, Chapel went to the town of Normandy in northwestern France and isolated himself in a house near the sea. Yet again, he played all the instruments himself.
This time I wanted to get my own sound. I chose only instruments, there are no samples on Mute. I played the cello, double bass, violin, drums, piano, and a lot of guitars. With only real instruments the record has more character. I was not afraid of trying things that were new to me.
Chapel describes the new album as having nine songs which range from raw alternative to orchestral parts and poetic sounds. I was particularly intrigued by “Hesitation Waltz”, which he describes as a huge crescendo from very quiet and vocals and drums, ending in a wall of guitar feedback with pounding drums until the very end.
You can get a taste of Mute on Demian’s MySpace page.