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. Id 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 wasnt rehearsing with a band regularly so I wasnt bringing anybody songs to bash out and sing loud. I realise theres going to be people thatll say, "wheres your guitar player and your ripping guitar solos and rock songs? but I wanted to try something different. It doesnt mean I wont make a band record ever again, but I think records should reflect how you feel and I felt that "turn up the quiet wasnt 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 youre singing and doing, which is a good balancer because you cant get away with things that you just could have mumbled through if you had a band. I know its a cliché to say its the most honest Ive felt making a record but really, its a record I made for myself. (Kelp)