Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Another article/interview! This one is specific about The Laws Of Illusion.
AfterEllen.com: It’s been seven-plus years since you’ve recorded an album of all original material, and you’ve historically taken a few years off between albums. Is there a specific reason for that?
Sarah McLachlan: Yeah. Mostly it’s because I had kids. I wasn’t a prolific writer by any stretch of the imagination before that and having children really slows down the process because, well, they’re the most exquisite distraction there is. I was really lucky that I got to take big chunks of time off to be a mom.
AE: How is Laws of Illusion different than Afterglow?
SM: I don’t know; I haven’t really thought about comparing the two. There’s a lot of light and darkness on this record, and there’s a sort of real raw energy to this record that I haven’t felt before. The process in which we recorded it was a lot quicker. We recorded it live off-the-floor stuff, which is sort of a bunch of musicians in a room, here are the songs, here are the chords, go, record.
We did six songs in five days that way; the bulk of the songs. That was really exciting and fun and just kept it fresh with a different kind of energy. The past couple records have been a week in Montreal and then my producer coming to Vancouver. So lots of slowly building up songs a lot quicker.