Jesus is my best friend. I can do as much or as little as I want. Then I started sending out songs to different record labels, so I guess those people heard it. I stole one of Bill's lines for one of my songs. Well I have a few specific anecdotes, like going to this nightclub that was called Rebound. When I'm just making stuff up, sometimes I get kinda crazy and I have to get away from it. I like people to take away what they want.
I didn't give it to my family. That process is really exciting to me and I would do that every couple of years if I could. But still, I went to a place where there are protests and marches certainly every week, if not sometimes more. I'm also good at cleaning and mowing the lawn. It is my favorite kind of music — maybe I have to do that again. Were you surprised by the result? We shot the movie at my house in upstate New York, and I had a snippet from that song with the band in the movie, just the chorus and refrain. I wanted to take some Greek lessons, which I did, and I thought that I would also write songs for the album.
Some songwriters tell me that ideas come to them during those mindless tasks. Is the guy Britt Daniel from Spoon? I didn't do any songwriting there. I really love his first two albums. That was kind of a lengthy process—lengthier than I had done in the past. I have it on vinyl — someone gave it to me as a gift, which was very nice. For me it was an instrument I bought.
Rumpus: Does reading help your insomnia? Dislocation seeps into every track. Laughs So it completely superseded us. I know you spent a lot of time in Greece before recording the new album. With Athens in particular, I had only really ever been there for a night or two at a time over the past twenty years. You're working with Merge for the solo project, and you're still with Thrill Jockey for Fiery Furnaces.
Is it frustrating that stuff like that still has to leak into interviews or how people write about you, when they should be discussing your work? It's about jumping back and forth in time. It meets both its subject and the many associative themes on its terms, finds its pace, and reveals its soft spoken beauty. You know, a lot of it was just the scratch vocal takes that we kept. Except I kind of felt like now or never. Now she's struck out on her own with her first solo recording, Last Summer, which is due for release on November 7th on Merge Records.
Just seeing her in that role was empowering. Anytime I see one of his books, I buy it. My friend Sara who shot the new footage and I were trying to decide how to end it. I read you got together with Clemens Knieper for the creation of the the album. Do you have standard go-to albums or books or anything? I think he did a great job. What are your reflections looking back at that particular album? Like I said, I had this long gap between when Last Summer was finished and when it came out, and that was a really productive time for me. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water.
In terms of the song itself, I had started writing it a long time ago, and I knew I wanted that refrain. I really liked the biography of Kathy Acker by Chris Kraus. Check out feature story soon! Some songs were written at home in Nashville, while others came together on the road, where the guys spent several years headlining their own club shows, touring the country with Darius Rucker, and playing some of the biggest arenas in America with fellow rule-breaker Eric Church. I had a very informative experience there, an inspiring experience. I watched it and listened to it, and that inspired the lyrics for the song. In terms of taking something away.
What did you take away? Follow Sophie Harris on Twitter:. Did you have any musical reference points? But this new album was pretty different. It worked out perfectly because I still have the same dress that I had then, and there are a few other things, like I have the same Greek tourism poster, so I thought it was fun to go back and forth in time like that, which is what's happening in the song too. Rex, John Cale — and some of that smart disco sparkle got translated into the record. Anyway…no, I have bad insomnia. I grew up on the west side of Chicago, in a place called Oak Park. And well she should - Last Summer is an almost impossibly catchy album which retains the complexity of her band's best work, but adds a warmth that makes it more accessible than the majority of the Furnaces' music.