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August 06, 2012

Sixpence None the Richer’s Lost in Transition

By Matt Slocum of Sixpence None the Richer

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Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum

Lost in Transition is the first full-length album Leigh and I have done in over ten years. A lot can happen in a decade, and indeed it has; in ten years we have both walked through divorce and remarriage, children being born, death of family, and extended bouts of nomadicism. In 2008, when we got back together to write and record after a four-year hiatus, the songwriting process we established was one of working separately and bringing finished songs to one another for evaluation, re-arrangement, etc. What struck me was how we began to communicate to each other deeply about the pain and frustration of life, even though we would rarely talk directly about these subjects. The depths were being poured out and expressed through song. This led to a tentative album title of Strange Conversation, as I found this level of communication unique but beautiful.

The songs were recorded with legendary producer Jim Scott, whose discography includes everything from Wilco to Johnny Cash to Crowded House. It was by far the best recording experience of our careers, and one that was able to help simplify our sound and let the songs and Leigh's voice shine through. As with any Sixpence album, we would find ourselves in label purgatory, waiting years for a release date with lives slightly on hold. Somehow in the journey from creation to release we always get lost in the woods. From point A to point B is never a simple journey for this band; this observation led to the album title, Lost in Transition.

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One of the joys of making records is the ability one is afforded to process and distill memories and perceptions through songs into a collection that reflects who you are at that given time. In listening to our older recordings I am struck by how I view them differently, how some songs just don't hold up at all, how some have revealed themselves as prophetic. Our first album dealt heavily with my father's death; on Lost in Transition, Leigh sings about her father's passing on the song “Sooner Than Later.” “Divine Discontent” is riddled with the pain of my divorce; Leigh sings and writes about her own experiences on this current album. I am thankful for how these records act as signposts on our journey, or even like old journals on the bookshelf. To have these relics to return to is part of the impetus and inspiration to keep making albums.

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Lost in Translation is now available.

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