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Issue 61 New Music: Eddi Front

Eddi Front makes an absolutely exquisite olde worlde style of piano-accompanied songs about life, love and other feelings. We’re told she doesn’t talk much, but her music is so striking that we wanted to get to know some of the thoughts going on behind her stripped back noir-ballads. New Music Editor Bronya Francis got to find out why Eddi’s so shy when she asked a few questions about the New York singer-songwriter’s influences.

Did travelling around a lot when you were younger affect your perspective on the world and your songwriting in any way? How?
It must have affected my perspective. Well, one sure thing is that I was always so nervous about the first day of school. I’d count down the days in the summer to DOOMS DAY because I was many times “the new girl” and I’d never know if the other kids were going to be mean or welcoming. So I think always moving made me into a bit of an introvert – but I’d like to think that it helped my imagination somehow, or my intuitions about people.

What inspires you other than other music?
I’m inspired most by true stories and real people. I watch a lot of documentaries, and I read a lot of biographies and fiction that doesn’t involve too much fantasy or make believe. Raymond Carver is my favourite writer; he writes in this simple “moment in life” way. I love photography for the same reasons – Francesca Woodman and Magali Charron are two of my favourites.

How have you seen your approach to or way of songwriting change since you began?
Well, I used to write a song and then record it in that moment, just guitar and vocals, and then release it for people to hear immediately. I still demo immediately, except now I also sometimes think about a second recording with arrangements and more instruments, and I take a lot of time on production.

Which of the songs that you’ve written means the most to you?
I’d love to say that I love all of my babies equally, but now I love ‘Texas’ the most.

Music tends to be an extension of someone or a cathartic release of feelings one can’t reveal; which is it for you? Or is it something else entirely?
It’s a cathartic release of feelings, one hundred percent.

What’s your favourite lyric ever?
“I’m trying I’m trying I’m trying I’m trying… and I will try”

- Pavement.

Describe the last book you read.
The Amityville Horror. It is a real house on Long Island NY where a murder/suicide was committed, due to the demon possession of the father, Ronald DeFeyo. The book is the “true story” account of the Lutz family, who occupied the house after the deaths and then fled in terror after 28 days. I used to live in Amityville NY, and in fact my upstairs neighbour used to work in a pharmacy with Ronald DeFeyo in the ‘70s. He said his co-worker was definitely possessed by a demon or the devil. It was written in the same style as Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen, with a lot of exclamation marks.

Are you into classical music? Your instrumental accompaniments are quite classically written.
I can’t say that I listen to a lot of classical music on my own, although I respect it in the same way that I respect let’s say the bible, or a beautiful elephant. At the same time, my father is an orchestra conductor and violin player, and my mother listened to classical music 99% of the time, so there has been that influence all my life.

Do you find it easier to write in a particular mood/context/at a certain time?
It comes easiest when I’m super tired.

What are you looking forward to doing as a musician in 2013?
I am looking forward to eating in other parts of the world. Most of all, meats and cheeses.

-Bronya Francis

Taken from Notion Magazine Issue 61.

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