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“I wanted to do something arresting at the beginning of the recording because a lot of this is meant to be performed live, and it’s usually improvised to a certain degree live. I thought it was important to get a lot of signature aspects to the record on the track, particularly the electronic patina and the ways of controlling and hearing the instruments, especially in the bottom end.
“I don’t know what the inspiration for most of songs really mean until I finish them. For the most part, I’m going for a visceral impression, and I write the words last. I may have a working title, so I had the title ‘Imagination,’ but I wasn’t sure until I got to the end of the process that the song is about having a lack of imagination. [Laughs] In that sense, a lot of the songs are cautionary tales in that they appear to be about one thing, but in reality they’re about something else.
“The whole idea to the vocals is to try to lull everybody to sleep, but then there’s the loud section to wake everybody up. [Laughs] There’s also just an epic element to that to set a tone. I think it’ll work well live.”