Two years ago she moved out of the orbit of the music industry machine and back to her native Midwest. Empowered by the success of her last record - which she released independently - she decided it was time for a life change and to do things more her own way.

She broke free from an increasingly stultifying Californian existence and bought a farm in Northeastern Iowa. The experience ushered in a period of exploration in her music and the result was new record Castles - her fourth album - which she says is the "record that people always wanted [her] to make".

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