Friday, December 11, 2009

Elizabeth Fraser - voice of god

Part of an interview, read here

It's not just her former bandmates she has left behind. For the last 12 years, she has barely engaged with music. She sang on Massive Attack's 1998 album Mezzanine and exquisite hit Teardrop (and toured with them in 2006), but that's it. She's been offered sums "beyond your wildest dreams" to collaborate with other artists – "the weirdest one was Linkin Park" – but all have been turned down.

Fraser sees making music as inseparable from her emotions. She has always struggled to write lyrics, she says, but suddenly something will click and she "goes with the sound and the joy" – that's why she sings sounds and words that have no meaning, of which she can only make sense later. As she puts it, "I can't act. I can't lie."

The inability to pretend is evident even now. She is so nervous before the interview begins, she's actually shaking,

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