Rufus Wainwright discusses Mark Ronson produced new album

By | Published on Friday 9 December 2011

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright has been speaking to Stereogum about his new album, ‘Out Of The Game’, which has been produced by Mark Ronson and is due out next year. It also features contributions from Wainwright’s sister Martha, Sean Lennon, The Dap Kings and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.

Speaking about the making of the album, he said: “[Working with Ronson] was one of the great joys of my life; I have to say, at this point. Mark and I have developed this intense bromance that’s making our respective others – I wouldn’t say nervous but definitely attentive to the situation. I hate to say it, but it’s kind of a very manly record, I think, which I think is cool. I’ve certainly made enough gay records”.

As for the tone of the record, he said: “There are like two sides of this album. First being a sense of relief and lightness and joy about cherishing life because y’know, certainly the last three years were the darkest I’d ever experienced, considering my mother’s death. But by the same token they were also the most joyous, because my daughter Viva is going to be one this year, so that’s sort of intermingled with it”.

He continued: “I think on one hand there’s a real ‘it’s time to party’ kind of atmosphere and ‘let’s enjoy what time we have left’. But then there are certain reflections on my mother’s passing – I wrote a song about her called ‘Candles’. And then there’s another song about my daughter Viva called ‘Montauk’, which is … there’s a sorta bittersweet quality to it cause it does talk about her being without her grandmother and so forth”.

Read the full interview here.