In a recent interview with Noisey, looking back on his musical discography, Mr. Hutchison spoke about locating the hope in some of his saddest songs.
Discussing “Floating in the Forth” from “The Midnight Organ Fight” — “fully clothed, I float away/down the Forth, into the sea/I think I’ll save suicide for another day,” he sings — Mr. Hutchison said: “It’s a real thought. It’s a thought that I’ve taken to a place that I’m far less comfortable with … I’ve gone 90 percent of the way through that song in real life. But at the same time it’s gratifying. It’s heartening to know that I’ve been through that, and I’m stood there performing that song, alive and feeling good about it.”
He added: “I’m drawn to negatives in life, and I dwell on them, and they consume me.”
In another interview published this week, Mr. Hutchison was adamant about his belief in the power of music, as both a songwriter and a listener. “Music and lyric writing helps me to process the world, to understand the way I feel and the things that happen in my life,” he said. “It’s such a privilege to be able to do this full time. I really try not to take it for granted and for me, there’s no greater feeling than bringing a new piece of music into the world, almost out of thin air.”