Interview: The Bird and the Bee
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:07:34
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Los Angeles duo on bad romance novels, Recreational Love, and how to make a record over a number of years.
It's been five years since we last heard from The Bird and the Bee. The indie pop pair of Inara George and Greg Kurstin returns with its deepest and most dynamic effort yet, Recreational Love [Rostrum Records]. It's an enjoyable, entrancing, and enigmatic collection that engages from the get-go and doesn't let go until the final crescendo. The group has always made this kind of art that begs your complete and undivided attention, and Recreational Love is no exception. We talked to Inara in this exclusive interview about Recreational Love, bad romance novels, and so much more.
Did you approach Recreational Love with one vision of vibe in mind?
Well, we did it over a long period of time. I think that sometimes too much time is a problem. It isn't that we spent five years straight working on the album, but we took our time and chipped away at it. We had a standing date every Friday to get together for about two hours to work on a song or start a new one. Sometimes we didn't at all, because we have kids. We had the benefit of time. Hindsight really is 20/20. We would hear a song and sometimes think, "Well, I don't know." So we did have a clear vision of what we wanted it to sound like. This is how we pieced the record together. This also included throwing out a lot of songs in the process of the recording.
What was the song that catalyzed it for you?
I think that it was "Young and Dumb." This was the first one that we really liked how it sounded. We wanted everything to fit into this soundscape.
Do you feel that this perspective was welcomed versus being in the studio for three months straight?
Ideally, you don't want to wait five years to put a record out, and we thought we were done at certain points. If you are not a perfectionist, time is a good thing. When I see artists like Bruce Springsteen, he spent three months on one song. For some people, that is their process, and that is how it works. Spending a bit of time per week worked out well for me. You can spend a lot of time on the lyrics and constantly come back and whatnot. But I would never want to spend that much time solely on one thing.
Watch the music video for "Will You Dance" from The Bird and the Bee: