"A Certain Kind of Dream Quality": An Interview with Donovan Quinn

 A Certain Kind of Dream Quality : An Interview with Donovan Quinn

In what ways do you feel like your songwriting has changed from 2012 to now? I know the album contains reworkings of older material, so that might be a little harder to answer, but how can you chart your evolution as a songwriter?

Well, as you get older, you get to know yourself better and better. I think this can be a good or a bad thing because you start to know specifically what your talents are, what it is that you like, and you don't like. Also, in terms of songwriting, probably the biggest change has been my guitar playing. When I was younger, I didn't think about it at all. I would just throw three or four chords together and be like, "Ah, it sounds fine" and get to work on my narrative.

Largely through playing music with Ben Chasny and Jason Quever, close collaborators, I began to think of the instrumentation a lot more, the melodies a lot more. So if you listen to the Absalom record side by side with any of the older records, the melodies and musical structures are more well-defined than they used to be.

What is coming up in terms of new creative projects or shows and performances?

Shows and performances are coming, but no confirmed details yet. As far as projects, I have a bunch of things queued up and ready to release. I have this series called "The Cult of Strangers" that I started, and they're songs that are more off the cuff, that I record at home, that I want to put out. As I talked about, Absalom took seven years, but ironically I'm a fairly prolific songwriter. I write songs all the time. It's just what an album is to me, you have to wait until it's a statement, and that might take a long time.

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