I moved around a lot after I put out Jamboree. I left Washington DC and bounced between Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berlin before finally landing in Brooklyn three years later. In all that time I continued to write songs, but without a geographic home base I wasn't able to get a band together to record any of them. When I finally landed in New York, I looked at the accumulated work of the past few years and realized that I had three albums - one chamber pop (Blue), another country/shoegaze (Red), and a third classic pop (Green).
Blue came in the summer of 2010. I'd holed up in a flat in Berlin to work on songs for a new album. I knew the sonic world I wanted the album to live in - big orchestral textures with choral parts and horns - but I hadn't executed a recording with chamber instruments before, and didn't know quite where to start. Berlin turned out to be the perfect location for focusing - I didn't know anybody or speak the language, so I didn't have many distractions. All there was to do was write, and occasionally bike through the city for inspiration. During my time there I wrote and arranged the songs that would become 'Blue'.