Regina Spektor has spoken about her new album, ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’, and revealed that some of the songs included on the album are almost 10 years old.
Speaking to NME about the record, which will be released on May 12, Spektor said that a couple of the album’s tracks are over eight years old, but that they range in age across the record.
Asked about this, she said: “I wrote ‘Open’ when I was still living at my parents’ house, so that’s maybe 2003 or 2004. There’s a bunch of songs that are older, but there are songs like ‘Firewood’ that were written more recently. ‘All The Rowboats’ has been around since 2004 or 2005, ‘Patron Saint’ is quite old too. In my mind, they’re always in vague places.”
Then asked about how she decided which songs made the cut for ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’, she added: ” There were a lot of songs that I wanted to be on this record, but when I played them as demos, they just didn’t feel right. It’s not their time. But other songs that I hadn’t expected to feature, did feel right. It’s always unexpected.”
Then questioned about how much material she had stored away, she said: “I have dozens and dozens and dozens of songs and if I locked myself away for five years, I could probably record all of them. I do start and stop, I don’t write constantly. I’m not blessed enough to write all the time. It’s enough for someone who makes record every three years.”
Spektor also spoke about her UK summer shows, where she will first play London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 2, before moving onto Manchester’s O2 Apollo on July 4.
Asked if she was looking forward to coming over, the singer said: “I can’t believe I’ve sold out the fucking Albert Hall. I’ve never been there, I’ve only seen pictures, and it looks amazing. I can’t wait.”
You can watch the video for ‘All The Rowboats’, which is the lead-off single from ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’, by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
The tracklisting for ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’ is as follows:
‘Small Town Moon’
‘Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitter Pas)’
‘All The Rowboats’
‘Ballad Of A Politician’
‘Call Them Brothers’
‘The Prayer Of Francois Villon’