The acoustic approach is a departure from Lucius's previous release, Good Grief, but the sound may not be too surprising to those who heard Lucius perform a Micro Show for The Current in the rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol in March of 2017.
"It was definitely one of the things that inspired the approach," says Jess Wolfe of Lucius, who, along with co-frontwoman Holly Laessig, co-produced Nudes.
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(Resetting of a Lucius single released in 2017) Jess Wolfe: Nels Cline is a good friend of ours.
We've collaborated with Wilco over the years, thankfully.
(Original song for the new album) Holly Laessig: It kind of started from a feeling of slight paranoia, you could say; some days you walk outside and the climate that we're in — both literally and figuratively — there is a little bit of a battle in your head every day of what's real and what isn't', and who's real and who isn't'.
A lot of singers, the female singers that we grew up listening to and loving — Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Eva Cassidy — they were professional arrangers, re-imaginers of other people's songs.
And so I think that's always been a connection for us as well.
It was really important to do something to acknowledge our peers and also to try to challenge ourselves to do something that was a little more current. One of them came to our show in Perth, and may or may not have sent a video of our version to [Tame Impala's frontman and producer] Kevin Parker. We really tried to maintain that level of the live experience.
Jess Wolfe: And not be too precious about anything.