After intense touring with Mumford & Sons, Debbie Harry, Maia Hirasawa and Telekinesis, Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads needed a change. New music had to be written and a fourth person was brought in as a sounding board.
Ryan’s vision was to catch the essence of the band’s everyday life and routines and somehow distill it down to a definitive sound. His recording method was straightforward: while the band was messing around, unaware, spontaneously warming up their chops he would get down a live take. This resulted in quite a bit of resistance from the band with a lot of name calling, swearing and even some airborne guitars.
I had my finger on the record button, and said, "that's good, but you can do it way better!" Then they end up purely amazing, like they really wanted to do an album that will count.
I often thought that Ryan was some kind of idiot. In retrospect, it was probably because he highlighted our weaknesses and pretty severely wounded my ego. It hurt a bit at the time, but I’m really happy and thankful for it now.
Little Goes a Long Way was recorded during two super cold weeks in January. According to Ryan it is precisely the frigid climate and the band’s subsequent ability to lock find refuge locked up inside their music that have formed the sound. The eleven songs on the album tell the story of a journey in Kristoffer’s life. Everyday life meets fantasy, battling for the most attention. Tonaly it’s relatively dark with some light rays in the form of 60’s sounds and cheap Japanese synthesizers.
It’s a unique album, listen to it.