To me [Person Pitch] was a big mess of sound, it was like a big soup that I was hoping would swim around your ears or your head or something like that. Nothing really stuck out too much, everything was just kind of floating around in this world… .
The focus of what I wanted to do with the new songs was essentially take that soup of sound and just clench it in your fist, just compress it really intensely to get short little songs. I was really inspired by this album called Donuts by J Dilla. The speed at which he’ll move from one thing to the next is really fast.” —Noah Lennox
He’s pretty great. And thanks for the tip.
“Bros” was about the whole life I left behind in America because I had just moved to Portugal. It’s not just about friends, but family and about trying to negotiate those relationships and hold onto the things I really wanted to hold onto. And not only other people but myself too, in terms of who I was in America, not that I totally changed, but my identity became a little bit different after going to Portugal, I didn’t know anybody in Lisbon. “Bros” is about those things.
Like the Person Pitch song “Carrots” is a reference to what they call red-haired people in Portugal. There aren’t many so they really stick out, so I’m talking about myself being like a foreigner [in Lisbon] because it’s pretty obvious I stick out and I’m not a native.” —Noah Lennox
Yeah I sort of had a totally different way of working this time, just due to the other forces in my life as far as having a family and a wife who’s working all the time… and children. On Person Pitch or anything I had worked on before then it was always like if I felt like doing something whether it was eight in the morning or two in the morning, I would just kind of go there and do it. I was kind of forced to have sort of this regimented routine or something like that [for Tomboy].
Eventually what I did with it, because there’s a lot of time were I feel like I’m not in the mood to do something creative and I’m not going to come up with anything that I think is really any good, so usually what I do with that time which is a good… I don’t know… three quarters of the week or something… I like to kind of just work on something else, like just play the guitar or play with the sequencer to try to figure out things I can do with that. One of the machines that I got, the thing that I affected the guitar with and that made all the sequences is this super complicated piece of equipment [Korg M3]. So a lot of the times I’d just be kind of going through the manual to try and figure out the little things that I can do with it. Ways of sneaking it with other things, which is weird.
I felt like if I was in there in the studio working on something it was all leading somewhere, you know what I mean. It was all work leading to some kind of ultimate goal and before this record it was always just here and there and little bits.” —Noah Lennox, on recording Tomboy.