Speaking to triple j, Washington says the song was actually the end result of a turbo writing sesh in the US. Washo explains she shaked up with a number of other songwriters to pen the piece during a series of 9-5 stints in the studio. Despite the rushed turn around, she managed to cram a lot of meaning into the jam.
“It’s kind of a meditation on, this sounds really wanky, but the Faustian pact that is love,” she says.
“I wanted the song to feel like flying and falling at the same time. This idea that when we give love we’re inherently accepting future tragedy because nothing lasts – welcome to my life!”
The song came to life with the help of Dave Hammer (Thundamentals) and ARIA-award winning producer Eric J Dubowsky, who Washington describes as “a master of the dark arts”.
“He approached me about working together years ago. I thought he was kidding because the music he makes is so cool and I am not… He has this incredible way of finding and creating space, sonically, and I think that because there is so much lyrical and rhythmic space in that song he was the perfect person to be really sympathetic to that. I think it’s come up a treat,” she says.
Now, Washo puts her album hat on as she works away at what will be the follow-up to 2014’s There There. And how that the bulk of the heavy lifting has been done, “The rest of it is coming quite easily now, thank god.”
Once the album is done and dusted, Washo will be hitting the road, confirming that some special shows are coming up in October 2017. Stream Saint Lo, below.
Listen: Washington – ‘Saint Lo’