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INTERVIEW: The New Tarot

Hi ladies, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for havin us! We’ve been busy! Busy’s good, right?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “America”?

It’s a song about coming to terms with the great hand of fate, realizing what that really is, and also the part you play unwittingly in it.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The song and the lyrics all kind of floated down to me. Sometimes you get an idea, a scrap of a clue from the universe and you have to work it into a song. Other times, it just sings itself.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The aim is to make an animated music video for the whole album…

The single comes off your new album – what’s the title and when is it coming out?

The album’s called John D and the Book of Promises, but thats still a working title. It’s coming out this year, hopefully this Spring.

How was the recording and writing process?

Intense and a lot more laborious than we anticipated, but incredibly fruitful. Because we had a plot structure to attend to, we had a solid set of rules to craft the structure and the themes around, so it was kind of a self-imposed writing challenge in that way. It made it harder in some ways, but it also felt like we were working for the music instead of the other way around.

How much did the late David Bowie and Regina Spektor influence the writing on this record?

Both have been an incredible influence on us in general. Bowie always spoke to me from a very young age; the first time that I ever saw his mismatched eyes, I was hooked. In Bowie’s music I felt and still feel like I’m listening to the music of a changeling; a human alien. I think Regina Spektor is definitely another kindred human alien. I discovered her early, as she was something of a local legend around her alma mater SUNY Purchase. In middle school, I saw her play Purchase’s auditorium with my mom and I think it changed my life.

What aspect of politics and spirituality did you get to explore on this particular record?

It’s a morality play wrapped in Poli Sci Fi. Our modern hero, John D, contacts what he believes to be an angel. The “Angel” grants him powers of instant fame and unlimited fortune. Suddenly everyone knows his name… He becomes the rallying voice and lover of a young woman presidential hopeful. The Angel returns and demands payment. Unbeknownst to him, his Queen finds out about the “Angel” and its true intentions. War breaks out. Karma is the law of effect and Dharma is the law of Duty and this album asks where the balance is.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully! We’ve got a few college dates comin up and were putting out the feelers for a wider tour.

What else is happening next in The New Tarot’s world?

We’ve been drinking lots of Horchata and I’m finally reading through War and Peace. Like all things, it’s a lot less intimidating once you open the book and start.

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