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it was a really good thing for us to have done.
Are you fluent now?
Standell-Preston: No, Austin and Taylor are. Katie and I can order breakfast.
What should people be doing when they listen to your music?
Standell-Preston: Just listen!
Tufts: It would be nice if they were just listening to the vinyl or CD on a nice stereo system, sitting down and maybe drinking a coffee or eating a scone or something.
Standell-Preston: A glass of wine.
Tufts: No, a glass of wine is too formal.
Standell-Preston: Gin and tonic? Yeah, a G&T while sitting down and listening to us on a nice pair of speakers, wearing comfortable clothes.
Tufts: You're making it sound like we're an adult contemporary band.
Standell-Preston: We are! That's how I'd describe our music, adult contemporary.
What are some of your influences?
Standell-Preston: For me, Bjork. It's a really huge one. I'm very inspired by her.
What's your favourite Bjork record?
Standell-Preston: 'Vespertine,' by far. It took her two years to record that thing, every day! That's her best album. It's so beautiful. I remember the first time I listened to that record, I was baking. I worked at a café, so I had to go in really early in the morning, and because I was the only one in the store, I would get to listen to whatever I wanted, and I would just crank up 'Vespertine' and bake away. I would try singing the really high notes really powerfully!
'Lemonade' was one of the first songs we heard from 'Native Speaker.' Can you explain how that song came to be and what it's about?
Standell-Preston: Well there was a guitar loop that came out and we really liked it, and