Everybody loves Kings of Convenience because, let's be frank here, what's not to love? But with Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe taking a long hiatus since their last joint musical effort in order to work on side projects and Erlend (so far) proving to be the more prolific of the two, Kings of Convenience fans have had quite a bit of a wait to hear Eirik's dulcet tones again.

That wait ended a few weeks ago, when the Norwegian unveiled 'Fight or Flight or Dance All Night', the first release from Kommode, and announced the outfit's debut album, Analog Dance Music.

As we wrote back in June, the album boasts ten unskippable tracks and, having marinated on it further, it sounds like the perfect soundtrack to a summer's transition into autumn, straddling as it does a breezy, happy feel as well as a touch of melancholy.

With his new project ready to emerge and confirmation of a soon-ish return to the studio for Kings of Convenience, Eirik Glambek Bøe speaks to The 405 about both.

When and how did Kommode first come about?

The band started several years ago. My old friends Øystein Bruvik and Anders Waage Nilsen were original members of the pre-Kings of Convenience band Skog. When we made the video for 'I'd Rather Dance With You', you see them in that as members of the audience in the end of the video. They were my good friends of mine and I missed playing with them. Anders is a drummer with an unusual swing. And Øystein is a great guitarist and backing vocalist.

How would you articulate the main vision for Kommode as opposed to that of Kings of Convenience?

Kommode was about rhythm, drums and bass-lines in the beginning. I always wanted to play bass. Kings of Convenience have practically no drums. Kings of Convenience is about achieving as much as possible with limited means. Kommode is about seeing how far can we go with fewer limitations. But people will still recognize my voice, I guess.

Do you think that your musical influences may have changed in the intervening years since the last record you released with Erlend?

Oh yes, they change every time I hear a new song I like. But I try to stay focused on what I do. The simple philosophy of Kommode is to let the guitar and Rhodes electric piano play chords and to let the bass play melodies instead of doubling the ground note. The same applies to the drums and bass: where the drum beats, the bass is slightly ahead or behind.

How long did it take to create Analog Dance Music from start to finish?

It took almost four years. In the end we counted 18 different musicians who have contributed. It took a lot of studio hours both to record and mix.

It's a good title!

Analog Dance Music is a reference to EDM, like the missing link in the evolution of EDM. I grew up with House and Techno and believed I was being innovative when I started playing classical guitar. I have this fascination for electronic music, but I prefer playing acoustic instruments.

What was the writing and recording process like for you?

All the songs started as hour-long jams. Then I went home and wrote lyrics. The mood of the music is happy, because we felt happy when we were jamming together. But when I was home alone at night and wrote the words, the mood changed. There is probably a bit of tension there between music and words for that reason.

You picked 'Fight or Flight or Dance All Night' as the first taster from the album. What can you tell me about that song and how it was born?

It's a combination of two styles of music that I love: samba and house. The drum plays samba, the keys play house. It's a rich production with strings, pianos, trumpets, guitars and two separate bass lines added on to each other. It's complicated but simple at the same time.

Out of the ten tracks on Analog Dance Music, do you have a particular favourite?

I never dare to pick out favourite songs. It's like asking a mother which of her children she prefers.

While working on the record you were also simultaneously touring with Erlend as Kings of Convenience - was it, at any point, confusing to do so?

No, my role with Erlend is very clear. We know what we do and what we expect of each other. We also enjoy each other's side projects.

Is it true that you are also working on a new Kings of Convenience record at the moment?

Yes, our last tour was called The Unrecorded Record and was only new songs. It's soon to be recorded.

What are your hopes and wishes for Kommode?

I hope it will find its way to the people who will enjoy it the most!

Finally, will there be a tour to accompany the album?

Yes, we really want to play this to people. Can't wait!

Analog Dance Music is out on 18 August on Brilliance.