My first album, Tired Of Sleeping, is an album about hope. It is an album about turning your life around and starting over. Cottage Scenes came from a darker place. I had two break-ups happen to me during the making of it: one musical project and a girlfriend. Also after a decent period of complete sobriety, I had started self-medicating again. It was becoming hard to be around people again so I decided to make an album completely on my own. I recorded it at the house where I was living which we called “The Cottage”.
I got inspired by albums like Crosby Stills Nash debut album, McCartney 1 and Nilsson Sings Newman. I’d been making pretty sonically complex music with another project, Ze Rep Tiles, and naturally that got me into the idea of making an album that sounded simple, folky and sweet. I wanted to be soothed and comforted and this album was my attempt at being there for myself.