Page 2 of 6The L: You were touring then?
The L: So you have a lot of material to choose from.
JT: Yeah, usually. I mean, not all of it's good, but I definitely had what I thought was At Echo Lake on my iPod a year ago. It' very different from what it actually ended up being.
The L: How did it change?
JT: There were songs that just didn't get finished. Songs that were better. Songs that just didn't fit.
The L: It definitely seems to have a more structured, less improvised feel to it. You think that's fair to say?
JT: It's a little more to the point... that was intentional. It's our fifth album, so it was like, "Let's try this." Before, I think with touring, we were getting comfortable with being loose. Now we're trying to find a "new loose," you know? We've done the old kind of loose.
The L: Did you feel any pressure going into it after getting so much buzz from the last album?
JT: No, not really. I mean, I guess kind of we did, but being that we don't really set out to say, "We're going to write this album. We have to write this album this month," we feel pressures but it just didn't really come up. When inspiration hit, we recorded a song, except the last few we recorded maybe the week before we finished the album. It was kind of like, "We don't have a song like this yet. Let's make one."