Paul Kelly likes to graze for songs on Spotify as much as any fan. But as he released new music for the first time in five years, he decided to take a stand for the album.
The veteran Australian singer made a song cycle, "Spring and Fall," that traces a love affair from the beginning to beyond its end. He'll perform it during a six-week American tour that begins Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The ability of consumers to effectively compile their own albums pushed him to do something special. "I'm all in favor of being able to fillet people's records in that way," he said in a recent interview.