Ed Harcourt always captures us with his soothing instrumental arrangements, alluring harmonies, and phenomenal singing voice. Recording his latest album Back Into The Woods within just one day, AMBY had more than a few questions for Ed! So we spoke with him about being french kissed by Joel from Brian Jonestown Massacre, new laws, and of course, Back Into The Woods!
AMBY: Hello Ed! Congratulations on the release of your latest record Back Into The Woods. Where did the idea to record it in a day come from?
Ed Harcourt: Compelled necessity! The pauper becomes a prince for a day.
AMBY: What was the experience like recording it at the infamous Abbey Road studios?
Ed Harcourt: Fervent! Overwhelmingly determined. Historically reverential.
AMBY: Murmur In My Heart is such a beautiful song, what is the story behind it?
Ed Harcourt: That’s me to know and you to work out!
AMBY: I love the lyric “And what you love most, I can well destroy” from The Pretty Girls. What are your favorite lyrics on the album ?
Ed Harcourt: I can’t choose, it would be unfair on the other songs who didn’t get chosen!
AMBY: There seems to be a definite focus on the crafting of the songs. What influenced you during the songwriting process?
Ed Harcourt: Solitary confinement and domestic debates.
AMBY: What would a movie based on your life be called?
Ed Harcourt: ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Ed Harcourt: Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot – Sparklehorse, The White Album – The Beatles, Closing Time – Tom Waits
AMBY: You will be doing a tour in May. What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Ed Harcourt: Where do I start. Probably being french kissed by Joel from Brian Jonestown Massacre on stage whilst on magic mushrooms.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Ed Harcourt: Performing the album to all you lovely folks. Brewing my own beer. Finishing my next record.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Ed Harcourt: Don’t wear Crocs. Juicy Fruit gum is banned. Clowns in public. Banned. Wasps. Banned. Simon Cowell forced to listen to Mr Blobby on repeat.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Ed Harcourt that nobody knows yet?
Ed Harcourt: I’m an excellent skier.