In a new interview with Idolator, Tegan and Sara open up about the evolution of their sound from past albums to their latest offering, Love You To Death, which is out June 3.
The twins teamed up with Heartthrob producer Greg Kurstin once again to make Love You To Death, creating a new album that feels like a natural progression from the smooth synthy-pop sound of their last record.
"You know, it's interesting," Sara notes, "somebody pointed out that we always work with people twice. I think it’s funny, because obviously there’s the twin factor, and Tegan and I, we are a 'two'”.
She says that the first time the duo works with a producer on an album, it's all about "figuring each other out", so to come back and work with them a second time offers more freedom to dig deeper.
"It feels like you have a lot of things established," she says, "and now you can be deeply creative with one another".
She adds that when Heartthrob was released "we were just establishing something really special with him, so by the time we started talking about Love You To Death, it was it was obvious we had to pick back up with Greg".
Of working with Kurstin, Sara is quick to sing his praises: "He makes a lot of space for what we do in the music and the production, and he lets our intuition and the things that we demo and we record ourselves in the early stages inform where the songs eventually go."
Of course, Tegan and Sara's sound has evolved a lot over their 17 year career, and they recently thanked fans for sticking with them while playing a show in New York City.
When asked about the reaction to the shift in sound, Tegan and Sara offer advice that works for all kinds of negative feedback.
"Human beings love to express when they don’t like something," Sara says. "It’s like, as a baby, they put the broccoli in your mouth and you spit it out.
"This is one of the first instincts we have, is to say when we don’t like something," she continues. "And so it’s important to note that, yes, there have been some serious critics in our fan base when we have made substantial changes. But I also think that sometimes the loudest voice is the voice that doesn’t like the thing…"