Three years after stepping away from a full-time music career to attend graduate school, Vienna returns to the studio with a new sound, a new producer, and a new approach to songwriting and recording. What's emerging from that process is her most uptempo, pop-influenced album yet—and full of surprises, even to its creators.
"I have all these songs in various stages of completion," Vienna explains. "Some are just fragments of melody set to a beat I recorded on my phone. Some are a verse and chorus with no lyrics. I've never been a prolific writer, and then I got really involved in school, so my songwriting pace just went glacial," she says with a laugh. "It's sort of terrifying to have so little figured out as we start recording, but it also opens up a lot of possibilities."