Hi Charles. Thanks for coming along for a chat about your new record. It’s positive. Upbeat. You could almost be forgiven for expecting the opposite with the title of The Last Polaroid. What is its significance?
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For example with this record, “Cartwheels” was me trying to match the exuberance of the feel and chords with an appropriate action – so the madly in love fool decision to cartwheel into town to meet his new love, seemed suitable. “Yea tho’ grief” took a very long time to write, trying to figure out what to include and what not - you have to write the bad verses to get to the good ones, as they say. “Barkly Square” took me years to finish, to find the chorus that enters naturally, rather than jostles its way in. “Kathleen” came from the chords and what they suggested, and also I realised I’d never written a song with two bridges, so that kept me intrigued, plus the rhyme scheme also. Time with “No Electronic Devices” was mostly spent finding the best way for the verses to launch the chorus, which was written first, so that it sounded as though it all fell from the heavens fully formed.
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