The way that Ray LaMontagne’s latest record, "Ouroboros," came together is nearly as evocative and hazy as the music itself. Last year, the 42-year-old singer/songwriter was having trouble figuring out how the melodies and song ideas that he had been working on should come together as an album. He ended up finding his answer in one night of fitful slumber.
“It all just sort of happened half out of sleep,” explains LaMontagne. “I rehearsed it from my excerpts and all of the pieces start to fit together and saw how it could make — rather than a batch of 10 songs, it wasn’t about songs. Simplistically, it was one song.”
LaMontagne split the album into two parts to evoke imagery of a vinyl record with two sides.
“Nothing will ever sound better than vinyl,” he says. “That’s just all there is to it. But [having two parts] also gives you a chance to have a change of scene — have the curtains close and reopen again.”
What resulted is a lush record that spans the gamut from haunting folk (“Homecoming”) to windy curls of psychedelia (“Hey, No Pressure”).