Kurl was formed in 2018 after the hiatus of band members' other projects: Cat Inside (art punk) and Oodkind (indie folk). Around that time Langusta asked Olena and Arsenii if they cared to compose and sing a little
something over a beat he made. That's how the band's first, raw and spontaneous EP Pigeon Days was recorded.
With their second record, however, they took their time. The first lyrics for the songs were written in the summer of 2018, while the first beat that eventually made it to the album had been made in 2019. Since then
they've grown conscious as a band and learned a lot. Fickle is a record made by amateurs who learned a little, DIY pop music recorded in bedrooms, in wardrobes (for acoustics) and on balconies (for inspiration).
When they got together during the past two years, they barely made any music and chose simply to hang out. Then each made something in the comfort of their homes and shared it with others. That's why the album sounds
like a joint undertaking and a personal one at the same time. The core is lo-fi beats, which Langusta seems to make ceaselessly, but this time they added more live instruments to the mix. They also put more emphasis
on song structures, melodies and lyrics (in Ukrainian, Russian and English). Fickle's focal point is day-to-day epiphanies, thoughts that are in-between, presentiments or, instead, inclinations for leaving all
sentiments behind and taking a break.
Kurl's futuristically old-fashioned sound is a meditation on pop music and its plasticine nature. So the moment they saw dozens of plasticine cats, bugs and butterflies made by their 6-year-old friend Polina, they knew
they belonged on our cover.