Typsy Panthre started with one song: Paper Winter, singer Allison LaBonne says. It wasn’t called Paper Winter–it didn’t have lyrics yet. John gave me a demo and seemed surprised that I came up with words for it within a few days.
That first Typsy Panthre song came together easily, at least on my end. I added some unsolicited harmonies because I thought it sounded pretty minimal. I didn’t realize how much John would transform songs after the lead vocal was added. Usually radically. He’s super adventurous in his arrangements.
After Paper Winter John gave me lots of songs to sing, one at a time; some with lyrics, some without. We worked individually in our own spaces, at first trading cds back and forth and then trading files through dropbox. It was maybe a year before I actually saw John, though we lived two miles apart. I’ve never collaborated that way before.