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UNCUT - - New Al­bums -

Elvis Costello: “i thought of be­ing a record­ing artiste in the past tense. i al­ways re­serve the right to change my mind”

It’s been five years since Wise Up

Ghost – the long­est you’ve gone be­tween al­bums. How has your think­ing on the format changed dur­ing that time?

My re­la­tion­ship with record­ing changed in 2010, when I de­cided it wasn’t the best use of time. I put it all on the stage and thought of be­ing a record­ing artiste in the past tense, un­til Steven Man­del and Quest­love lured me back into a lit­tle cup­board at NBC, where we made Wise Up Ghost. It took un­til now for me to get that feel­ing again, but I al­ways re­serve the right to change my mind.

what can you tell me about your re­la­tion­ship with burt bacharach? You’ve been work­ing to­gether for 20 years now.

Burt is an ex­trem­ist. He has al­ways asked 110 per cent of any mu­si­cal sit­u­a­tion. We started writ­ing songs to­gether again about 12 years ago, but the cir­cum­stances for which they were orig­i­nally in­tended did not come to pass. A year ago, I asked Burt if he could let me record some of these ti­tles, and then I in­vited him to lead the Im­posters in the stu­dio for two of those tunes. It was one of the record­ing ses­sions that re­ally makes the term worth­while.

IN­TER­VIEW: STEphEN DEuSNER

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