"There are all these acts like Washed Out, Neon Indian and Millionyoung, these great bands that are doing bedroom-y kind of stuff, which I did for my first three records," Hart says. "So I thought, 'why not do something different and make a proper studio record?'" Trading his Toronto home for a New York studio, Hart travelled to the Big Apple to work with producer Michael Musmanno (Lilys, OutKast), whose influence added "a lot of the meatiness" to the record.
I basically made the whole record twice," he explains. "I did a version of the record, just in my bedroom, and I was kinda happy with it, but we got offered this chance to go down to New York, where we tore the whole record down, and re-did it all on an MPC." Hart's sonic experiment paid off, as The Weight's On The Wheels comes with the shiny, hi-fi production his hook-heavy "synth-phonies" previously cried out for. "I personally think all of the records, songwise, have been pretty accessible. Production wise? Probably not. I was never one of those guys thinking I have to reinvent the wheel or do something freaky with every record. I did three like that, and I'm getting older now, so I just decided to try it. You can always go back."