October 12, 2009
She’s not trying to sound glib. That’s just how the 23-year-old Li works. She found fame and acclaim (more so back home than abroad, but who’s counting?) with her 2008 album Youth Novels, a simmering, sexy disc that built indelibly unique pop music out of sources both organic (handclaps, foot stomps, etc) and mechanical (808s, theremins, etc.). She has since toured the world and spent much of her time trying to figure out what to do next. Writing a song for a very major Hollywood picture just didn’t seem to be in the cards.
Until she saw “New Moon,” that is. Then, suddenly, she was hooked.
“I stayed [in Los Angeles] and watched the movie, when it only had green screen on it. I had this hook in my mind, even before I saw the movie, and then I was watching it, and I was like, ‘That’s the hook!’ ” she said. “So it was very much like a discovery, inside myself and musically. I had this song growing inside of me that I had to get out, and [the film] was the trigger. Because I really connected with Bella and Edward’s tortured love story.”
You can read the entire interview here!
(Thanks to TwilightersAnonymous!)