Is there anything particularly electronic about this record?
Jason Swinscoe: Itís probably the most amount of electronics ever, compared to our previous records. Itís all very subtle, which is the point. Rather than sampling old records, itís about sampling the band. Instead of going into the studio with old records, Iím going in with my own ideas and writing from scratch. Itís an interesting learning curve to sit in front of a piano and write. Itís quite a hard thing.
How did you find Patrick Watson?
Heís the goalkeeper for the Ninja Tune hockey team in Montreal. I had been looking a long time for a vocalist to sing all the tunes on the record. Jeff from Ninja mentioned Patrick and sent me a MP3. There was something in his voice and the way he used it that I found intriguing. From listening to that one track, I wasnít quite sure whether it would work as a collaboration, but I had to take a chance because I was running out of ideas.
He also co-writes one of the songs that Fontella Bass sings, doesnít he?
He co-wrote the words to "Breathe.Ē I asked Patrick to try and sing it but it needed that age-old authoritative figure. It didnít have that weight. Itís a piece of music about mortality. Fontella is in frail health and recovering from a severe stroke, and not really able to get around easily. But once we got her into the studio and seated, she was loving it. She was able to shine again. (Domino)