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Elbow Album Sessions Dabbling In 'Shoegaze & Psychedelia'
Ben Hewitt , December 7th, 2009 08:59

Guy Garvey spills the latest on studio sessions

Elbow lead singer Guy Garvey has revealed that the recording sessions for the band's new album have included experiments with "shoegaze" and "psychedelia".

Speaking to Teletext, Garvey said: "We listen back every few weeks and have a culling. It goes on like that, until there are really solid foundations for 15 or 16 songs.

"It's gone from shoegaze to psychedelia and it'll change again next week. The shoegaze has left behind discord: Moogs and Mellotrons, backward guitars and celene strings."

Garvey, who also revealed that the band were working on "20 odd" ideas for songs for the new record, added that many of his songs were inspired by his age and by relocating from Manchester to his original home of Bury.

"I want to be closer to my folks", he said. "They're not that far as it is, but even closer isn't a bad thing. I want my kids to have the option to fall out of trees, like I did. So I'm writing very affectionately about the city and the age I am.

"I've just written this: 'The laddered chair in my high ideals/Like I took a chair to the battlefield/The noble fire that is in my chest/Is acid in my belly at the very best'. So it sounds as if I'm writing about being fat and 40!"

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