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" Our hearts beat so loud the neighbours think we’re fucking when I’m just trying to find the nerve to touch your face. "
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At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”

In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.

Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.

When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.

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" Before you’re a teenager you romanticize all of the ideas of what you think being a teenager is gonna be like based on what you seen on movies, based on what you see in you know, social environments when you’re younger, and then when you get to a teenager, because you are a teenager, you romanticize everything, because you are a teenager. So the romantic element of being a teenager stays with you through that time. A lot of the ideas narratively, lyrically, were founded at that time for me, seventeen, eighteen, but then obviously as you leave being a teenager, the further away you get the more you romanticize your memories, the more antiquated and romanticized they become like anything. So there is this kind of perpetual romanticization of what is to happen, what’s happening and what has happened. I’ve found that when it came to the album, there was a lot of writing retrospectively because all of the narrative is true but maybe the only way it’s embellished is my romantic perception of what happened, so I think that the ideas when I was a teenager, those feelings they really really informed me creatively. "