Place Pigalle was both a song and an original working title of Figure 8

rshburns

Place Pigalle was both a song and an original working title of Figure 8. Hence the demos that Elliott had worked up in A+R Luke Wood’s home studio were given the name Place Pigalle. And I think the name was inspired by the girl in France he was hanging out with.”

Rob Schnapf

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Elliott was living in my neighborhood in Silverlake at the time

lukewoodh

“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