Regina Spektor embarks on a new adventure with 'Remember Us to Life'

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Regina Spektor's new album, Remember Us to Life, released Sept. 30, 2016. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)
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Following the release of her seventh studio album, Regina Spektor sat down to chat with New Hot host David Safar to talk about Remember Us to Life, working with producer Leo Abrahams and recording at the Village in Los Angeles.

Remember Us to Life is the first album that Spektor has worked with Leo Abrahams, but it's also the first time she's recorded in a studio that wasn't owned by the producer. Formerly a Masonic Temple, each space has a different feel and tone.

"When I came into the Village everyday, you didn't know which musicians were going to be in there. You didn't know who you were going to meet in the hall," said Spektor. Some of those people were Liz Phair, Graham Nash and Neil Young, and those encounters made it on to Remember Us to Life in spirit.

Given it's election season, Safar was curious if Remember Us to Life's lead single, "Bleeding Heart," lyrically has any political undertones.

"It's funny, I didn't really have the association of 'bleeding heart liberal,' but afterwards I was like, 'Oh, yeah!' I think that so much of where music comes from, it comes from the subconscious, so a lot of the time as I write I'm not trying to analyze or figure out where something is coming from, or even exactly what it means."

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