“Minimal post-production allowed us to create a sound that is raw, live and dynamic," Haug says. "Ideally this captures the feeling of a live show, as the listener can imagine being right there in the room with us. This is in direct contrast to our first record, which was done with total isolation and a lot of post-production for a more polished studio sound."
The new album features all original music, mostly by Haug, with one song by Schefft. Haug says that his compositional process involves about 80 percent composing on his own and about 20 percent adjusting the piece with the rest of the ensemble. On a Limb has also released music videos for many of the songs, which include scenes of the band in the recording studio.
“The style of the band is very open and dynamic. In each song, we enjoy the journey, love to tell the story, and ideally want the energy to always be headed somewhere interesting,” Haug says.
“We are simultaneously compositionally- and improvisationally-driven, as a band," he adds. Each time we play, we strive to explore each composition in its fullest and in its own unique way, without any other preconceived ideas of what should happen.”
For an ensemble so grounded in live performance and the ways that each performance differs from the last, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a particularly difficult obstacle.
“Putting out this album was a big focus for us during the pandemic, and now that the album is out, we are doing our best to still find ways to improve what we do in the midst of these challenges," Haug says. "This means focusing less on shows and promotion, but rather focusing more time on practice, rehearsal, composition and setting long-term goals."