He said in an interview with the Boston Globe ... “I think the basis of it all is a folk and country core. That’s the stuff I grew up listening to, and it influenced me a lot,” ... “I approached them like they’re frontier songs telling these stories from the West,” he says. “That theme and aesthetic guided the record. I was really focused on storytelling, not just lyrically but also with the sonic choices. I tried to do stuff that was evocative of movie soundtracks and spaces and places. I was trying to create those environments and then tell a story with the lyrics.”
Give a listen to the lead track that sets the stage of this great Western, "Ends of the Earth Below."