Carly Rae Jepsen, fifth in line to the pop throne, has been chatting away to The Fader about her new album, including the fact she had a meeting with Rod Temperton (!), ie the man who wrote 'Thriller'.
Not only that but when she was in Sweden she recorded with Mattman & Robin (AMAZING), Shellback (AMAZING) and Rami (AMAZING)! Oh and she's also going to make some more songs with Danny L Harle (DECENT) to see what happens.
Here's the full quote, including links because why not, about where things are at 'vis-a-vis' the new album and saving pop music etc.
Over the next couple months, I'll just continue chipping away on the new album. When I was on the Canadian tour [April/May 2016], we didn't have internet on the bus, so there wasn't much else to do other than write songs. Two of my favorite [favourite] collaborators, my saxophone player Jared, and Tavish Crowe, who was actually a part of "Call Me Maybe," are in the band with me, so we’ll make pop-up studios with a laptop and our gear wherever we are.
I really started [the new album] from a disco-inspired place. Like Donna Summer: dreamy, sexy disco. I think I have about 17 songs that were started [on tour], just as little demos, that I [then brought] to Sweden. I went to Sweden for two and a half weeks, and I worked with a lot of the people I worked with on the last album, Mattman and Robin, and I had sessions with Karl [Johan Schuster] and Rami [Yacoub]. When we were in Sweden, we probably had seven or eight completely new ideas. That's the fun right now: to just write and play, and listen back, and see what's starting to feel right. It’s still so new.
There's a lot of people in the world who I'd be really excited to work with. I'm actually going to the studio with Danny and Nate [Campany, songwriter] and Kyle [Shearer, producer], and we're going to write some things, potentially for my album, because the vibes were good [on “Super Natural”]. I had a meeting in London with Rod Temperton, the writer of "Thriller." He's just the most amazing man — he played me the "Thriller" demo, which was crazy to hear. In the original lyrics, [Michael Jackson] used to be like, Starlight, stars so bright. It was just cool seeing his process, and meeting the man behind that killer hit. We just talked about what disco meant to him. I'm just going to dig in, and do my research, and figure out what exactly it is about disco that's exciting me. But, I started in one place with E•MO•TION, and then I landed in the ‘80s, and that was an unexpected journey. I'm allowing myself the freedom to not be totally committed.
(Jeppo, if you wanted to hear Michael Jackson singing 'Starlight' you could have come round Popjustice HQ for the afternoon and we'd have just fired up YouTube.)
Be sure to read the whole thing at The Fader, there are some other interesting bits as well.