One year ago, we migrated to the snowy emptiness of Iceland, holed ourselves up and began work on our second record. We didn’t know anything, really, about what form that record might take, or how long it would take us to get there.
It was our first break from touring in three years, and it became a chance to reflect. We’ve always done things on the fly, blissfully unconcerned with the details, but suddenly we had this breathing space to deconstruct our music and our processes. We had time to figure out what we want to get from Dry the River, and what we want our supportive listeners to get from it all, too. The journey took us to many places, from bedrooms to farms to city studios spread across three countries and many months. On the way we had a lineup change, as violinist Will moved on to new things, and other significant team changes behind the scenes. There were times when we got pretty disconcerted, when everything went quiet and we couldn’t see how it would work out, but slowly we started to see a path in the wilderness.
Over the past months we’ve moved from deconstruction to reconstruction. We’ve addressed our uncertainties, taken control and everything has come together in a better way. There have been rehearsals and planning meetings, excited chats with artists and filmmakers and friends from across the creative spectrum. There’s a lot to say – a lot of exciting announcements. All will be revealed in the coming weeks. For now, though, the honest truth is that we’re feeling happier and more focused and better prepared than ever.
See you soon, gang.