Possible Worlds started as a vibe track. I laid down guitars, handclaps, and a really simple chord sequence. The live violins and cellos come courtesy of my very own Orchestra Galactica, and I originally sent this to Thavy Ear, who wrote ‘Strobes’ with Royalston. Thavy send a brilliant first draft that was pure Stevie Nicks, but we couldn’t develop it enough, so we had to shelve it.
I went through three other singers before arriving at Inja, who got the concept straight away - Inja and I think about things very much in the same way.
Inja wrote the chorus, and I brought Vonné in to work on the track as well. Vonné is amazing - Chris Goss and I met her at a seminar we were giving at Tileyard and she really impressed us with her
attitude, voice and articulation. Since then I’d been dying to work with her, and this was the perfect opportunity. You learn very quickly whether you’re gonna click in the studio and it instantly became clear that Vonné was super sharp, super in tune and also very funny. Humour is essential in any recording situation, and we had a real laugh. We turned a corner when I asked Vonné to interpret what the live strings were doing, and she really brought the track to life. Listen to the variations she brings to the track under Inja and under the 64-bar synth solo in the second half.
What we ended up with is something that sounds like London Elek doing Rotary Connection and Fleetwood Mac, with Inja on top - and somehow it worked!