Regina Spektor: 'I'm not a confessional songwriter'

The New York based singer compares herself to a science fiction author

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Video: Regina Spektor - 'I'm Influenced By Sci-Fi'

Regina Spektor has said that she doesn't believe herself to be a confessional artist, saying she has more in common with fiction writers.

Speaking to NME in a new video interview which you can watch above, the New York based singer spoke about her new album, 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats', and explained that despite the fact she uses the word 'I' in a lot of her songs, her tracks aren't as personal as some fans might think. "I myself relate much more to fiction writers, science fiction writers", she says, comparing the characters in her songs to those in plays and films, adding: "I'm not confessional at all."

Speaking about the album's producer, Mike Elizondo, who she also worked with on her 2009 album 'Far', she comments: "We were just so on the same page about so many things." She then speaks about some of the more leftfield directions she gave in the studio when recording the album, such as: "this feels like it needs more frostiness, it's just not icy enough, or it needs to be more like a broken cobblestone robot".

Spektor explains that the songs on the new record have been plucked from various points in her songwriting career. "There are songs that are older than songs on 'Soviet Kitsch' or 'Begin to Hope'," she says. "They're all kind of mixed up… I don't ever really write a record, it's not one of those things where I write a record then record it… I write songs all the time as I live life and then they accumulate."

Spektor will first play London's Royal Albert Hall on July 2 and Manchester's O2 Apollo on July 4. The dates are her first in the UK for over a year.

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