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John Van Deusen of The Lonely Forest: "Every Song I Write Comes From a Place of Turmoil."

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Don't all musicians think that their most recent stuff is their best?

I don't know. I definitely don't think that. When Arrows came out, I didn't like it. I like the earlier records better. I don't think it's always the case. I can't speak for everyone, but I just love our new album.

Besides having more time, what else was different about the process of making Arrows vs. the new album?

It was a more relaxed recording session. We had a clear vision of what we wanted. Both those things played a role as did breaking in some of newest influences. We've been listening to a lot of shoegaze music. I don't think the new record is too heavy, but that influence makes the record more interesting. I think we were all in better, healthier spots personally. That just kind of spilled over into the recording process.

Aren't people the most creative when they are depressed?

That's true. A lot of the songs, when I wrote the songs, I was struggling with a lot of stuff. I don't want to be in that place when I am recording them. There has to be a different energy involved. Almost every song I write comes from a place of turmoil. There was a sense of being at peace with ourselves when we were recording. I've been writing some of these songs over the past four years and they all come from relationship struggles. There were also some health issues and having to deal with apathy. I like to think a lot of the new record comes from that place, but by the end of the record, I think we were at peace. That's the general vibe of the record from my perspective.

Sounds like making the album was cathartic.

It was a therapeutic process for sure.

A lot of bands from Seattle mention the weather as influencing the writing process.

I totally think the weather, the mountains and the water influences the general attitude of the people. It lends itself to good, introspective, melancholy thinking. And that's the kind of music I love to listen to. I'm happy when it rains. That means I can stay inside and write a song on the piano and drink coffee. That is a perfect day.

The Lonely Forest perform with Cumulus tonight, October 29, at Three Links.

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