“At the age of 51, if all of the influences, books, music and things that you’ve seen haven’t settled into your bone marrow then perhaps you’re not paying attention. When I started writing to this, there were little bits of Rush coming out, little bits of an old Welsh prog band called MAN, little bits of David Sylvian, Brilliant Trees, The Bad Plus, Pink Floyd, Nico. Also with the Manics, you have the pressure of needing to write at least three singles for each album, but I wasn’t this time. That was strange because I’ve been institutionalised that way. For me, the tradition of the great indie single is embedded in me. Perhaps that let a lot of stuff come out in the wash.”