We wanted to make Figure 8 move and change

©Renaud Monfourny

“We wanted to make it [Figure 8] move and change as much as possible without becoming kind of difficult to listen to or bothersome in its changefulness. There were more songs recorded for it than wound up on it. At one point Figure 8 was maybe going to be a double album, but then it seemed better to have it be a single and make it change and move as much as possible, like a boxer trying to move around so he doesn’t get knocked out. I think this record’s pushing things with how long it is, but every time we tried to take something out it seemed to upset the little constellation of songs and make it work not quite as well.”

Elliott Smith


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