Brandi Carlile was a bit anxious when she started working on her ?? album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter."
After touring to support 2012's "Bear Creek, the Washington state singer-songwriter and her longtime musical partners, twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth, had vowed to take a year off and vowed "not to practice our music at all or do any recording of it until we were making the next album." During the interim, Carlile, 33, married her partner, Catherine Shepherd, in Boston, and the couple had a daughter, Evangeline Ruth, during June of 2014. Tim Hanseroth also married and had a baby son.
When they all came together again, Carlile says, "We forgot how to write a song properly or how things are supposed to be done." But, she adds, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
"We came back to doing it with a whole new mentality," Carlile explains. "It came from a totally innocent place. If we had any sort of method or formula before, it was gone."
Carlile and the Hanseroths got things back on track quickly, however, during "this little trip out to the (East) Coast for a few days to bake some clams and write. The stuff we were playing for each other was so bizarre; it reminded me a lot of when we first met -- not all of them, but a great deal of them."
But that was enough to get them excited about what was coming, and the confidence came to bear quickly on "The Eye," the first song the troupe recorded in the studio.
"That first day with 'The Eye' we gathered around a single microphone and we sang it well over 30 times," Carlile recalls. "Then we listened back to all of them and were like, 'Is that the moment? Is that where it happens? Did it happen there?'
We found the one where it really happened and that's the one you hear on the album, and we did all of the other songs the same way. It was really special."
Brandi Carlile and Anderson East
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