For the album, recording sessions were split between Andy Le Master's Athens studio and Mike Mogis's ARC studios in Omaha, with a couple songs recorded in Los Angeles.
Taylor has performed with Le Master in his band, Now It's Overhead, and with Mogis in Bright Eyes.
The first time I interviewed Maria Taylor in March 2002 she and her Azure Ray partner Orenda Fink were about to move to Omaha to become part of the city's then-burgeoning music scene. That's a difficult question to answer," Taylor said moments after she and the rest of her band, along with tour mates The Whispertown 2000, took in Niagra Falls on their way to Cleveland for the evening's show.
Seven years later and Taylor is long gone, having moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. Over the past couple of years, Omaha has seen a handful of its biggest indie music stars leave for better climes, including Cursive's Tim Kasher, and more recently, The Faint's Todd Fink and his wife, Orenda. Taylor said that there are still some "core people" living in Omaha, but "you can only stay in one place for so long.
"I knew that I wanted to work with both of them," Taylor said.
"It's fun for me to record with people that I'm really comfortable with.
Songs like the pop centerpiece, "Time Lapse Lifeline," paint a picture of someone looking back on a break-up, having come out the other side stronger for it. When I suggest Conor Oberst, who she's been romantically linked to since her move to Omaha in '02, I get nothing in return, even though I plead to be the one to finally tell the story. "It's not about one person, it's about a lot of different change," she said. You can speculate, but the general vibe of the album is about change in every aspect of my life, whether it's where I live, being on a new label or perhaps breaking up with someone." " she does it without a sense of hesitancy or pain, but with resolve and acknowledgment and finally, relief. "You can make something great out of any shitty situation." She's certainly made something great out of Ladyluck.
So I don't know." Her coyness increased exponentially when the topic switched to the theme of her latest album, . " Taylor asked, clearly smiling on the other side of the country.
I like to go back and record in places where I've lived before, too, so there's that element on my record." For one of the Athens sessions, she recruited old friend Michael Stipe, who in addition to singing helped her write album closer "Cartoons and Forever Plans." The song features a call-and-response verse that asks, "Did you know?
" followed by a series of question enders, such as "" "I had this song for two months and needed to fill in the blanks, but was too intimidated," Taylor said.
The sun was coming up and he was still writing lyrics.
"(Stipe) said, 'Do you want me to help you with the lyrics?' and I was like, 'Hell yes.' So we worked on it until 6 a.m.