These days, Stu Larsen lives out of a suitcase. You might find the nomadic musician somewhere between his native Australia, Spain or Japan, before he picks up and sets off for the next destination. This endless travel inspires many songs, the latest of which is “Chicago Song”.
With its lush melody and articulate six-string resonance, “Chicago Song” details a different kind of love for Larsen that happened in the Windy City. The song is about a love affair with a 1973 Martin D-35 guitar he purchased a few years back.
“She was beautiful. While touring with Nashville’s Adam Burrows, we spent an entire afternoon checking out guitars at Chicago Music Exchange.” Larsen adds, “I started to write the song in the store before I bought the guitar! I’ve never been able to find names that felt right for my guitars. Eventually, I decided to name them after the cities they were purchased in, therefore, she will be known forevermore as ‘Chicago’.”
In support of his 2014 debut Vagabond, Larsen brought his music to the masses with a spate of global tours, which gained him international recognition. Along the way he began collating ideas for his forth coming follow up album Resolute. Larsen recorded with impromptu voice memos on his phone, architecting a primitive framework for the songs. Combing through hundreds of files, he tucked himself away in different locations to write the demos – a cottage in Scotland, an apartment in Spain and an army bunker back in Australia.
“When I first started to finish these songs, I tried to get away,” he recalls. “I turned off the laptop, turned off the phone, and escaped to different places five or six times throughout the past year or so. There were three phases: the voice memo stage, going through those ideas, and finally recording.”