We did six songs in five days that way; the bulk of the songs.
That was really exciting and fun and just kept it fresh with a different kind of energy. SM: I was thinking about illusions and loss, which are a lot of the themes of the record, but it just seemed a little too depressing! I like the fact that it doesn’t make any sense — it’s all about the fantasies that a lot of us buy into about how your life is going to play out and you’re going to meet that person and get married and have kids or what ever your path is.
It’s a Christmas project, to be titled Wonderland, due for release next fall, that features Half Moon Run backing Mc Lachlan on a selection of seasonal favourites. “They’re the sweetest boys,” Mc Lachlan says, sounding like a proud mom as she talks about her favourite new band.
Of all the awkward ways to catch up with an ex, sitting down together for a televised interview feels like a particularly inspired form of torture.
“Part of the reason I’m successful is that my mom kept telling me I was going to fail constantly,” the Halifax-born singer-songwriter recalls from her living room in West Vancouver.
Her mother’s disapproval fuelled her to sign a solo contract in 1988—the deal with Nettwerk Records that bound her to the Vancouver-based label for 23 years.
SM: I don’t know; I haven’t really thought about comparing the two.
There’s a lot of light and darkness on this record, and there’s a sort of real raw energy to this record that I haven’t felt before.