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The Queensland, Australia-born singer, songwriter, and narrator packed up his life in a suitcase and circled the globe on a near twelve-year and five-continent international trip, as chronicled in photography and music and most significantly, his latest full-length Marigold [Nettwerk Records].
Since dropping his debut EP The Black Tree, Stu's discography carefully traces every step of his journey. "In 2014 and 2015, I was a vagabond, a nomad, and an adventurer," he explains. "2017 and 2018 felt a bit more solid. I found a sort of routine in this way of life. I was still traveling and exploring, but I knew more about who I was. 2019 has seen me searching for true love and genuine happiness and connection in a bigger way, not just romantic; but also in a general way in life."
The eleven tracks on Marigold speak to Larsen's external and internal progression. In between Marigold and his earlier LP Resolute, Larsen fell in love only to fall into heartbreak and, ultimately, find the inspiration to write straight from the heart.
"I feel like these songs are more personal than any of my previous work," he affirms. "They're about falling deeply in love with someone who came into my life and then disappeared soon after. It's very personal. I'm attached to the message and the feelings. The travel didn't necessarily affect the lyrics of the songs, but it did influence the relationship and produce the songs themselves-because I was writing on the road everywhere from Eastern Europe to South America. My takeaway from the entire situation is, 'love really is a mystery.'"
Despite the intangible and elusive nature of the central theme, the process itself would be his most memorable and tangible yet. Over the course of just 15 days at Golden Retriever Studios in Sydney with producer Tim Hart [Boy & Bear] and engineer Simon Berckelman [Philadelphia Grand Jury], Stu tracked and mixed to tape for the first time.
"To be honest, it's the first time I've been physically and mentally present in the recording process," he smiles. "In the middle of the first album [Vagabond], my father passed away, so my mind was somewhere else. On the second one, my appendix burst, and I was two weeks late to the sessions. It was amazing to be there for 'Marigold.' We were making decisions on the fly and sticking with them. We weren't going to go back and redo things. We agreed, recorded, and locked it in; which made it quick."