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INTERVIEW: Juliet Quick

Hi Juliet, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

– Hello VENTS, I am doing well and very excited about my EP release. I hope you are also well and blowing smoothly (ha).

Can you talk to us more about your song “Changeling Part II”?

– Changeling Part II is, obviously, the second part in this three-song series that makes up the Changeling EP. At its simplest level, it’s a song about sinking into the natural world and trying to lose your identity in it.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

– This song was not so much inspired by an event as a period of time and a landscape. There were a couple of years after I first moved down from upstate where I was feeling really unmoored and alienated from myself and the Hudson River was kind of my only constant. Each of these songs kind of represent a different place in that emotional arc.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

– Ultimately, yes, but I’m being very particular about the visual world that corresponds with these songs, so that might be a lengthy process.

How was the recording and writing process?

– For this song, it was a lot of fun. I got to really get lush and imagistic with the lyrics, which I love. It was also the first piece that I wrote the skeleton string arrangement for, which was incredibly slow and laborious but also really exciting. We also hadn’t played this song live ever before recording it, which is unusual for us, so there was a lot of freedom from preconception and room to experiment without being attached to a particular version of the song.

How much does this song connect with the previous installment and next track on the EP?

– very much, but they’re not a clear narrative.

Would you call this a conceptual record?

– Yeah. I guess so!

What role does Brooklyn play in your writing?

– I think until very recently I’ve been very preoccupied with writing landscape and wildernesses, but as an adult I’ve made choices that necessitate being here, in Brooklyn, and I think that creates a tension that’s palpable in these songs. I was living very dualistically for a long time, and still am, somewhat. I have a deep, deep attachment to the landscapes of my childhood—the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks—and there’s always a sense of longing.

Does this serve as a sneak peek into an LP?

– ????

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

– Hudson River, children’s literature, dreams.

Any plans to hit the road?

– Yes! Keep your eye out in May!

What else is happening next in Juliet Quick´s world?

– the third installment of this series comes out next week!!! So we’ll be playing Rockwood Music Hall Saturday March 31st to celebrate.

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