- 05 Jun 18
Ray LaMontagne talks about his angry younger years, learning to accept himself, and the making of Part Of The Light.
At 44 years of age, Ray LaMontagne has learnt how to be completely honest with himself. His earlier songs were borne from a soul that was tortured and a mind consumed by uncertainty and anger. 2014, however, brought the more upbeat Supernova, while 2016 saw Ray dabble with experimental psych-rock in the form of Ouroboros. While these offerings might not have been the LaMontagne most people had come to know, it was evidently the one with which the singer himself felt most comfortable.
And with a more honest artist came more honest conversations – with others as well as himself. The internet is plagued with articles that speak of the singer’s uncommunicative nature in interviews, but that seems to be a thing of the past. When Hot Press arrives to meet him in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre just before his second night at the venue, he’s disarmingly loquacious.
This is not to say he isn’t still reserved when he speaks; that depends entirely on the questions. When you ask him, say, about his relationship with Ireland and Irish artists (like Lisa Hannigan, who he worked with back in 2011), he’ll say vaguely, with his head bowed and his hat pulled so low it’s almost covering his eyes: “The world’s the same, it’s the same everywhere you go. I feel… I dunno… the world just feels so small. It’s a small world, such a fragile thing, I don’t know.”