Interview: Rachael Yamagata

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Here's a little snippet from the MTV interview with Rachael Yamagata:

Saccharine pop ditties about love and relationships may dominate the airwaves, but few of them can capture the subtle bittersweet nuances of love lost or longing as much as Rachael Yamagata's works.

Perhaps you first stumbled upon her intimate piano-driven ballads on hit TV shows such as The O.C. and One Tree Hill. Familiar favourites such as "Be Be Your Love" and "Reason Why" are testament to the poignancy and staying power of Yamagata's 2004 debut Happenstance. The album also yielded the hit single "Worn Me Down," which made it to the U.S. Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks [...]

MTV Asia caught up with the talented songstress before her Singapore concert for a heartfelt chat on first love, the bane of musical comparisons and her devotion to critically acclaimed fan-favourite TV series Lost.

What has changed from Happenstance to Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart ?

I think the production on this record is very different. The sentiment is darker; it has a richness to it that comes with experience, travelling, age, relationships, and with more of the work roller-coaster. There's much more time being spoken for, there is loneliness to that travelling aspect, and I think that affected the evolution of the lyrics. The production got very intense, as I was working with new producers and recording in an isolated environment.
Read it in full here.