Cleveland-based duo Mr. Gnome recently released their latest album, Madness in Miniature, and have embarked on a tour of the south in support of the release. Singer-guitarist Nicole Barille explains that their dreamy pop track “Watch the City Sail Away” almost didn’t appear on the album. “This song was a last-minute addition to Madness in Miniature. It was written and recorded in one day at our house,” she explains to Rolling Stone. “One intoxicated night Sam started playing the chords of the song on a toy piano, and in a haze I quickly made up the verse and chorus and we recorded it on my cell phone.”
Although the track was a late add, Barille explains that lyrically the song befits a Mr. Gnome release. “The song and lyrics are representative of a mind on the brink of falling apart and yet seeing the beauty in the chaos. As with a lot of my lyrics, I tend to write about situations that are moments away from impending disaster,” she says.
Mr. Gnome’s Madness in Miniature is available now, and you can download “Watch the City Sail Away” for free here.