For Blaudzun Jupiter was a necessary process. After gaining both commercial success and critical acclaim for Heavy Flowers (2012) and Promises Of No Man’s Land (2014), drawing from that same wellspring wasn’t an option.
Blaudzun had a strong urge to work outside the constraints of a contrived plan. He actually toyed with the idea for a trilogy for quite some time. Blaudzun: “Whatever it was that came out of me, that would be it. The only limitation I imposed on myself was doing three records. On each of them, I searched for what it should eventually become.” The songs on Jupiter Part 1 for instance, are inclined towards a single theme, almost like a dance track: sultry and rhythmic in nature. This atmosphere bled into Jupiter Part 2, which relied more on Blaudzun’s signature songwriting chops. After making both records, it became apparent he needed to take an entirely different route. _UP_ is what sprung from this creative about-face. “I know no, what making a record quickly, and then release it straightaway, is all about”, Blaudzun reflects. “But ultimately, I believe more in taking time and allowing doubt to creep in. On _UP_ I carefully weighed every note I play, every melody I sing. I once read about this well-known Dutch author who, after finishing a book, would retreat to ruminate on every word he wrote. I adopted that same mentality on _UP_ as well. Each note was very deliberate in its execution.”