Devin Townsend Reveals Casualties Of Cool Inspiration

Devin Townsend

(Prog) Devin Townsend speaks about the "unrelenting horror" which inspired his folk project, Casualties Of Cool. The Canadian maestro says he swayed towards Americana-fused music while jamming alone at night in the latest episode of the Dunlop Sessions.

He says: "Personally, I was so overblown with work at the time. I was doing Deconstruction, which is tons of angular arpeggios. It was exhausting mentally, so I would go home at night and just play a Telecaster and revisit the more Americana vibe.

"It was always in the middle of the night that I had the opportunity to do it. Then, as a result, I had the idea of the moon and a mixture of this folky thing - but underneath the surface, there's this unrelenting horror. it seemed like an appropriate theme."

He recalls reaching out to singer-songwriter Che Aimee Dorval to work on the country-folk record, which they recorded separately.

He adds: "It was totally detached, which ultimately defined the sound of that album. There's these shadows, this element of haunting and death, we're together yet we don't interact. I like that cusp of it being something to listen to when you're chilled out - but if you're not careful, it's gonna bite you." Watch the video here.

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