INTERVIEW: Stolen Jars
Answered by Cody Fitzgerald
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Good! Haha thanks for the welcome!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Eliot”? What aspect of TS Eliot’s literature did you get to explore on this song?
“Eliot” is a song I started writing my senior year of college. I had been studying orchestration, music production, and reading a lot of literature from the 20s and so the song is kind of an odd amalgamation of those things. I was confronted with this idea that T.S. Eliot had, this idea that art had to be separated from personal experience to be universal. My songs are always very personal, about small moments, and so this song became an exploration of that, of whether a moment like looking at someone’s eyes in a car could be as powerful as a work like “The Wasteland.” And then that idea extended into whether or not holding onto such a small moment, singing about one day, one moment in time, could keep a person together and whole and sane as they confronted the world around them.
Any other events inspired this song?
I think this song is also just about aging. I was about to graduate from college and so I was wondering what was next. The end of college was the first time my life wasn’t segmented into definite time periods and goals, and so, I wondered if those years ahead would just stretch and bleed into each other, or if I could hold onto small, important moments as I went along. I guess I’ll let you know about that in the next few years? Haha
How was the film experience?
Evelyn Ross did such a beautiful job on the video. I honestly cannot even tell you how excited Molly and I were when she started sending over the first segments she had animated. She is just a brilliant artist and I was so glad we got to work with her on this.
The single comes off your new album Glint – what made you want to make a visual record?
Beyonce! Frank Ocean! Those albums are so dope. But really, Molly and I were talking about this EP and we felt like, because the EP was so connected thematically, it would be cool to collaborate with different people to see how they would translate the themes in their own way for each video. The music has always been very visual anyway so it seemed like a perfect fit.
What’s the story behind the title?
Haha Molly and I were sitting around trying to figure out this title for a while. A glint is a small flash of light reflected off of a surface, a little shimmer. And at the end of the day, this EP is really about moments of reflection, it’s about finding hints of memory in the present and then holding on to them just long enough to let them go.
How did you translate the conceptual visuals into the music on this record?
We actually didn’t, all of the music was written first so it was up to the directors and animators to translate that into visuals, and we were really excited with how that collaboration worked out.
How was the recording and writing process?
It worked pretty similarly to the last album, except for all of the orchestral players haha. I wrote and recorded all of the music in my room, and then asked great instrumentalists from my school to play all of the classical instruments I definitely couldn’t play. Then Molly and I got together to finalize vocal melodies and record the final vocal takes.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The songs are all kind of about different subjects, Alzheimer’s, the end of a relationship, art as a whole, but centered around themes of loss, reflection, and renewal. They draw from my personal life, the experiences of people around me, the places and things I was influenced by at the time, TV shows?, I guess the basic things that anyone finds inspiration in haha.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are playing some shows in the Northeast in April (NY, DC, Boston, Philly) and then we are starting to plan a bigger tour for the Summer now.
What else is happening next in Stolen Jars’ world?
So much! We are starting to work on the next album now and there is still a lot of promoting and show-playing to do for this EP! After all it’s only the one video that is out so far!
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