College Tower: Do we find anything about Colin Meloy from these stories? Is there a lot of yourself that you inject into these lyrics that are about far away times, people, and places?
Colin Meloy: There is and there isn’t. I act as an omniscient narrator overseeing everything. So inevitably there is a certain amount of myself in the songs, some songs more than others obviously.
CT: Give me an example.
CM: The last song [from Picaresque] “Of Angels and Angles” is a very personal song. “The Sporting Life” is really loosely based on memories of playing soccer as a kid. Though the circumstances never happened to me, it’s the impression that stuck with me. It’s in varying degrees. Then you have something like “Infanta” which is completely removed from my realm of experience.