"I think wooing a language is in some ways easier when it is not the language you grew up with. You can decide to learn it only through reading poetry or listening to songs. You can leave out the ugly parts."
Due to pleasant coincidence and shared taste, Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide, and solo fame) has just recorded an EP of songs by Seattle songwriter Terri Moeller, the voice behind Transmissionary Six and Terri Tarantula.
"For awhile I was like, 'I'll just make the most complicated thing that nobody else can do and then I'll be the best.' And now I'm kind of learning that sometimes the most difficult thing to make isn't the best at all."
John Vanderslice has been releasing solo albums for the past decade, as well as producing albums for such bands as Spoon and the Mountain Goats. He writes clean, clever music that often tackles the dark and the political while still offering sweet melodies and a warm analog sound.
"I guess we got into more of this British folk thing and a 'fair maiden' thing as I call it, but I don't think we really sound like these bands, though there is more than a hint of it on the new album."
"Melancholy is not really the right word to describe the mentality. Swedes are more...serene and mellow, and not afraid of the dark, and this is something that I still think is a big part of my personality."