It’s a very spiritual or ‘numinous’ song with a lot of religious references in there; would you say you’re spiritual or religious at all?
I’ve read/heard that you wrote the track in LA during some intense writing sessions that were basically on the clock; and to be honest the track is not at all what you’d expect to come out of such a seemingly inorganic experience. Did you feel pressure to get something down or was the atmosphere conducive to getting the creative juices flowing?
The juices are still flowing for you as you complete your upcoming album and then you’ll be performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Do you have that in mind while you write? Does it alter your process at all?
Hell no! I never write pop songs with an ensemble in mind. To me, every song needs to pass the 'campfire test'; can it be sung on just an acoustic guitar and the melody and lyric? After that, it's free to be arranged into whatever genre-box I like, but when I'm generating songs it's all lyric, melody and harmonic flow. That other stuff comes later.
Your new video for ‘Saint Lo’ (directed by your hubby Nick Waterman) features you in some pretty revealing scenes, in particular the milky bath where it looks like you’re in the nuddy. Does that mean you were naked in front of a bunch of crew? Was that a daunting experience?
I love the use of colour in there, subconsciously (or perhaps consciously) flashing red at the first mention of the devil and the instantaneous/catch-you-off-guard change of colour that accompanies/references the line “When I met you everything changed colour”. How was the concept conceived?
Totally conscious! But that's Nick, not me. We have an incredible working relationship in that we just get the fuck out of each other's way. He thinks in pictures, and I think in words and feelings; so when I sent him the song he started seeing things straight away. He would check in with me from time to time as his concepts evolved but I never said 'no'.
You seem to be the queen of overcoming fears, often fears that are shared by most of the population like the aforementioned ‘naked in front of people’, singing in front of people and one that has been particularly challenging for you, public speaking. To quote Jerry Seinfeld here:
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Now this means, to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
What was the last physical CD or record (or cassette tape perhaps) that you listened to?
I have Glory by Britney Spears on high rotation at the moment, but that's digital. I just got a car with a CD player, so I bought a 5-pack of CDs from Vinnie's when I was there looking for dog blankets. Currently in the player is Zero-7, which is a band that Sia was in about ten years ago. So I guess I'm listening to that. Also the soundtrack to Hamilton. Ob. Sessed.