Before I dive into the making of the Stamps and Coins EP I’d like to briefly mention Elliott Smith. There’s hardly an indie soul left on the planet who doesn’t know the name and any time I come across a professed music lover who doesn’t know his music I am truly shocked but… I did only discover him when he released XO. This was indeed after Miss Misery and the Goodwill Hunting Oscar nomination. Miss Misery still doesn’t quite register for me the way some of his later work does. I’m mentioning Elliott because he was the single most important influence during the recording of Stamps and Coins and he took his life during the time of these recording sessions. He never quite understoof where he fit into the music scene and indeed ultimately into this world. I like to listen to Elliott and get slowly drunk on red wine.