When Louise Connell writes music, she pretends she is a creature called Reverieme (pronouced reverie-me). She’s just achieved 100% in her Pledge Music campaign for album Straw Woman, which features her melancholic, hopeful, dark, insular and inquiring style. We found out more.
I’m forever writing songs, and each one draws from a variety of sources, stories and experiences.
2016 - what is your goal?
I’m hoping to return to Sweden this summer to play a wee gig or two, which I was very fortunate to be able to do last year. Once the album comes out there will be various gigs, radio things and maybe some TV things in one format or another. I’ll also be doing lots of drawing, painting and writing to complete all the items we’ve sold in the Pledge campaign to support the album (oh, here it is).
Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
I think, at the turn of the year, I was resolving to have the album entirely finished before I died of old age. If you’re reading this now, it means I actually succeeded.
What was the biggest lesson you learnt in 2015?
I learned not to be so critical of my singing and guitar playing, mostly through assurances that the majority of non-session performers in bands are terrible at both. I just need to stay (marginally) on the right side of terrible and I can label myself as competent.
What was the musical highlight of 2015?
Recording the new album was my highlight of 2015, both musically and personally.
Who are you excited to hear from in 2016?
The new Brian Eno album was a 2016 treat.
Tell us about the record you have just released…
It’s a big, shiny album full of different inspirations and ideas and it’s called Straw Woman.
If you had to pick three artists to be filed next to, who would they be and why?
Amanda Palmer, because of my general love for the woman and her tremendously powerful writing; Neko Case, from whose albums we drew a fair bit of inspiration when dreaming up production ideas for the record; and Of Montreal, because I would like other people to listen to my music and feel the way I do when I listen to theirs.
What inspired the record?
There are lots of inspirations crammed into Straw Woman. I’m forever writing songs, and each one draws from a variety of sources, stories and experiences.
If the record were an animal, what animal would it be?
Define your sound in five words…
It’s poppy, lyrical, insular, melancholic and jangly.
If you could jam with one artist alive or dead, who would it be?
I can’t jam very well. My companion would be calling chords to me and I wouldn’t know what they hell they were saying. I’d probably assume they were trying to learn the alphabet. Anyway, with that being said, I’d choose Elizabeth Cotton. If you’re going to be a sub-par musician, you may as well have a cracking guitarist on side.
If you could have written one song by another artist, what would it be?
Most of the Neutral Milk Hotel back catalogue would do. One day, I’ll fall in love with an historical figure and come up with something as good as ‘Holland, 1945’.
Someone is making a film of your life, who will play you?
Sofia Helin or Brendan Gleeson – whoever nails the audition.
Lastly, tell us one thing you have never revealed in an interview…
The paradoxical nature of this question troubles me.
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