How was the songwriting process different this time?
It was sort of an accidental record and a record of convenience, in that I was making it on stops home when I was on tour with Kathleen Edwards. I’d just poke away at demos and when I had slowly accumulated about eight songs, I thought, "I might as well try recording these.”
Why such a different sound on this album?
In my living arrangement I play songs really quietly because I play music quite late. And I wasn’t rehearsing with a band regularly so I wasn’t bringing anybody songs to bash out and sing loud. I realise there’s going to be people that’ll say, "where’s your guitar player and your ripping guitar solos and rock songs?” but I wanted to try something different. It doesn’t mean I won’t make a band record ever again, but I think records should reflect how you feel and I felt that "turn up the quiet” wasn’t a bad idea for me.
Does that allow some of the subtler features of your songwriting to stand out?
It definitely exposes things and makes you really self-conscious about what you’re singing and doing, which is a good balancer because you can’t get away with things that you just could have mumbled through if you had a band. I know it’s a cliché to say it’s the most honest I’ve felt making a record but really, it’s a record I made for myself. (Kelp)