On Supernova, his fifth album, Ray LaMontagne abandoned his rootsier side in favor of full-fledged psychedelic nostalgia.
“I think there were songs on the second and third records that all would have fit very nicely on [Supernova],” he contends. “These were the melodies that were pulling at me, but I think there’s been little hints of those musical influences on my other records as well.”
With production by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who LaMontagne says he’s wanted to work with for years, the rock hints the folksinger’s thrown out over the years were finally realized. Auerbach wasn’t the only superstar that had a hand in the album, either.
“Elvis [Costello] is the one guy I know who’s really been through it, who’s had a long career and been through all of the ups and downs,” reveals LaMontagne. “He’s also just a really generous and gracious human being. I’d hit this point where I was getting a lot of melody and song ideas, but it didn’t feel right. I wasn’t sure why it was happening.”
“It’s kind of personal, but essentially that I should just trust myself. So I just kind of waited. I trusted in that creative voice.”– Abby Johnston