Well, my time at Tiny Telephone has come to an end and the new LP is done! Thanks toJohn Vanderslice, and all the other incredible people here at the studio for making this an amazing experience.
Also, thanks to my dear friend Simon, aka The Parish of Little Clifton, for not only tracking drums and percussion on the record, but for also being such an important part of this process.
Can’t wait to share this album with all of you!
New Remix: Ennui - Summer Of Love (Teen Daze’s Morning Mix)
Anonymous said: I enjoy so much the records you did as little chords, do you plan to write an other EP/Album just with ethereal guitars stuff ?
Thank you very much! Those records were a very welcome distraction from working on a “real Teen Daze” record.
Well, the next Teen Daze LP is definitely more in line those Little Chords records, but there’s also some rumblings between some friends about starting a band and playing a few of those songs. We’ll see what happens!
Anonymous said: would you consider coming downunder any time soon?
Yes, very soon in fact!
anothercontinuum said: What would you consider to be the defining themes of each of your albums?
Four More Years: Let’s all be content with our 2.8 GPAs, and go to the beach.
Beach Dreams: Let’s all be content with the fact that we somehow graduated post-secondary school and go to the beach.
My Bedroom Floor: Dancing is fun, right guys?
A Silent Planet: Trying to find a home in a foreign place; trying to be comfortable in your own skin.
All Of Us, Together: Looking forward in hope and not cynicism.
The Inner Mansions: Looking inward in hope and not cynicism.
Glacier: Finding peace in nature; slowing down life.
LP4: Creating a new landscape, a new geography, with the knowledge that you still exist in reality.
Anonymous said: I've heard you mention many times that getting away from the "chillwave" label is very important to you. Have you considered changing your name?
Here’s the thing: I can’t think of anyone that likes to be compartmentalized, in any aspect of their life. I’m not clueless, or immune, to the way that I was able to get my foot in the door. I loved those first few Washed Out, Toro Y Moi and Neon Indian EPs, and subsequent LPs, but not once did I declare, “This is who I will be forever.” It seems funny to me that the conversation even happens at all, considering bands from literally all walks of life change sounds. I’m very happy for the success that the “chillwave” tag has brought me, but the truth of the matter is that my musical heroes never made the same record twice. So I don’t consider myself to be moving away from the “chillwave” label, I’m just growing up and changing, and hopefully doing something better than what I did previous.
Which leads us to the new record, which, as I’ve said before, is about as far away from my first few releases as you can get. Besides the fact that I’ve made this record in an analog studio with some of the best gear in the world, and through the ears of a renowned producer, I am in a much different place than where I was when I was tagged with the “chillwave” label. I’m sure there will be a few articles about how I’m distancing myself from my earlier releases, or how I’m reinventing myself, but trust me, it’s not that glamorous or provocative. This is just what happens when you love music, and you don’t change as a human being. The music changes with you.
ofthecollapsinglight said: What sorta Smashing Pumpkins vibe are you channeling? Adore era perhaps?
I have a very special place in my heart for each one of the SP records (except maybe Zeitgeist…sorry BC), and so I hear different SP eras coming through on this album. My all-time favourite of their records is Mellon Collie, and it was a huge inspiration when it came to the creation of this record. The somewhat loose narrative idea is also present on the album. It’s certainly not a concept record, but it definitely has a very intentional sequencing and flow, just like Mellon Collie did.
Anonymous said: What's it like working with John? Has he enhanced the creative process?
Working with John has been unreal. I’ve never really made something where I’ve handed over this much control, and I feel pretty thankful that John created a comfortable space for me to do that. The songs on the record had all been demoed and were, for the most part, pretty realized. But when it came to arrangements, tones, and the all-around feel of the record, John helped elevate my ideas to a whole new level.
Opening up the floor for some more questions about the new record:
zooeyscafe said: Will the writing on this album be similar to the song writing on Beach Dreams?
There will be some similarities, if you want there to be, but truthfully, the songs from Beach Dreams were written in a short amount of time and to me, it feels that way. I’m always happy to hear that people enjoy that EP, but the truth is, I’ve learned so much since then and really grown as a songwriter. So though I would say there are some basic similarities (like that the new songs are based around live instruments), the songs are far more mature, and they’re just all around better songs.