Many artists believe the story unfolds as it goes, that it will reveal itself during making. To me that always seemed like a half truth. A blank page with never ending possibilities is just too daunting, too overwhelming, leaving too many opportunities and directions for the music. Instead, during the writing of each album, we try to create boundary conditions. By starting with never ending openness and gradually adding boundaries over time, it helps to show what is and isn’t, creating direction, purpose, and focus. Once in place, it’s possible to zoom inside each frame.
Instead of thinking outside of the box, it’s creating the box, and then finding a way to take everything outside and fit it within.