“Sometimes, I’ll do a really basic guitar line, add guitar parts on top of it, and then take away the basic guitar line, so I’m just left with all the other parts,” shares Stern. “With the main part missing, it sounds more interesting. It’s technical and noisy, but it’s also melodic. A lot of my songs really are pop songs underneath all the goop.”
Well now -- I take back my glib snark about the interview being geeky, cos te above description of Stern's working method brought some of the weirder elements of her music into focus for me. Like the way her songs sound intensely structured while also seeming to fly off in unexpected directions on a whim.
Weird photo of Stern on that website too: