We had meetings with Lenny Waronker and Luke Wood

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“We had meetings with Lenny Waronker and Luke Wood where we’d play them some of the songs. Waronker looked really tripped out by it. I think he was probably thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is the most crazy drug album I’ve heard in fifteen years.’ It was kind of like that. I think he felt almost like he was going back to the ’60s listening to this album. Lenny seemed very supportive of Elliott. He seemed concerned, he also seemed afraid of Elliott, too, kind of scared of him, intimidated by him. It wasn’t like he was saying, ‘This is unreleasable.’ It was more like he was saying, ‘This is really fucking trippy.’ Continue reading

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He was really having fun experimenting

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“He was really having fun experimenting with recording. And as always with Elliott, the lyrics were incredibly poignant and very consistent and very beautiful. He was always editing and working. He always had a large cycle of songs that he was making better, and sometimes that cycle took years.”

Luke Wood

Elliott was living in my neighborhood in Silverlake at the time

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“Elliott was living in my neighborhood in Silverlake at the time, and he demoed some of the Figure 8 songs at my house, because I had a small studio. He’d be there during the day while I was at work, and I would get to come home and hear these things as they came together, and literally look at his sketchpads of lyrics. Figure 8 is a very specific record. Just like XO, it’s different lyrically and slightly more esoteric, but he had a real idea of what he wanted to say. It was such a joy watching the thought he would put into small things as he wrote: Should it be “to” or should it be “at?” Should it be first-person or second-person? Should this be plural or singular? Where should I put the modifier? He would write five different versions of a sentence, only changing the modifier. His music was unbelievably well-thought-out.”
Luke Wood