When we first started talking about the album, Rostam and I were on the same page about not repeating ourselves, and wanting to move in a slightly more organic direction. A lot of it was trial and error, though. We started many songs, and very few of them became finished products: a lot of songs were cool, but we were saying, “Is this the right vibe?” On a given day, we might start five songs, and we might only persevere with one. It might have something about it, something in its harmonic structure, but really we were just following our gut.

Well yes (it does hurt to throw songs away), but the ones where the bond is deepest are generally the ones that make it onto the record. Also, we start a lot of songs, but it would be incorrect to say we write a lot of songs. Modern Vampires has 12 songs on it. How many songs did we write? Full lyrics? Full production ideas? Not a lot more than 12, but we started about 40.

We have this “Spartan” system. If an idea doesn’t have what it takes to go all the way, we discard it pretty quickly. The flipside of that is if there’s something about a song that could see it grow into something great, we hold onto it. ‘Hannah Hunt’, for instance, goes back seven years. We tried to do a version of it for every album, but it never quite worked. We never threw it away, though, because it had something about it.
Ezra Koenig (via fasterlouder.com.au)
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