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- Posted on Jun 5th 2009 3:00PM by Nick Zaino
"Consistency is something which I don't find the most attractive thing," Penate tells Spinner. "I like artists that are kind of exciting and move and change."
During a two-year lag between writing and recording 'Matinee' and getting into the studio to record 'Everything Is New,' Penate contemplated how he would do things differently. "I was kind of used to the idea of changing," he said. "I suppose anyone outside of me ... isn't. So that's maybe the surprise."
At some point in that process, Penate realized 'Matinee' didn't really sound like the music he truly loved. He found inspiration in Kate Bush's drum-driven songwriting, and, in particular, the Womack and Womack single 'Teardrops,' which he used as a blueprint.
"That became a big reference point for me," he says. "That's a song that seemed to encapsulate some of my favorite ideas about music, which is complete melancholy with joy in it, and really all about atmosphere."
The result is an album with decidedly more booming bass and drums. "I had this idea that if I could dance to this record, then I was doing the right thing."