Let it not be said that Sera Cahoone moves quickly. The former Carissa’s Wierd and Band of Horses drummer’s upcoming “Deer Creek Canyon,” named for her childhood home in Colorado, is her first album since 2008 and only her third since her ’05 solo debut. But that fits the eagerly anticipated release (out Sept. 25 on Sub Pop), a low-key but lovely collection of liquid indie-folk gems that take their time to gradually seep in but get absorbed deep when they do. It’s poised to take Cahoone to the next level, no matter how long it’s taken her.
Q. It’s been a little over four years since your last album. Is that the pace at which you work, or did you get distracted along the way?
A. I started to get a little burnout and things were starting to get a little weird, and I felt like I needed to take a long break. I basically wanted to go back to just playing some drums and really just trying to make things feel good again. Not that things were awful in any way. I was like, This record’s going to come when it comes, and I’m not going to make myself crazy trying to get it out.
Q. What's changed the most since [2008’s] “Only As the Day Is Long,” you or the musical landscape?
A. I think me, in a lot of ways. I’ve just kind of grown up a lot. The last record I feel like it was more of a learning process for me. It was my first record with Sub Pop, and I just didn’t really understand the way things worked. I hadn’t toured a lot. I feel like I've matured a lot since that record. I’m four years older at this point, so, just kind of put things in perspective a little bit more. I guess I feel a lot more level-headed and not so scatterbrained.
Q. How so?
A. I think in my writing, I feel more confident. For me, to do that in front of people and singing, it’s still been a long process for me to get comfortable doing that, because I was a drummer and going up front in front of people . . .. I’m a pretty shy, awkward person, so it’s been this long process. I feel like the older I get, the more I’m not getting shy and awkward. I mean, I have those moments still, but . . . (Laughs)
Q. How long did it take you to feel comfortable in the spotlight as a singer and a guitarist, versus as a drummer?
A. Yeah, I’m still getting used to that. It’s still a strange thing to me, sometimes. I’m not an in-your-face kind of person, so it’s definitely still been a process. But I feel really confident about this record, and I feel like I did kind of set out what I wanted to do. Everything feels right to me in my head. I think I'm only being more confident in my ability.
Q. Are you prepared to do battle with Brandi Carlile for this year’s Battle of the Folky Singer-Songwriters With “Creek” in Their Album Titles?
A. (Laughs) Yeah, I thought that was really funny when that happened. I’m ready to do battle. No. I mean, she’s obviously going to win that battle.
Q. When [Carlile’s 2012 album] “Bear Creek” came out, was there any consideration of changing the name of the album?
A. I definitely thought about it, but then I was like, This is what I had, and I’m not going to change it. This is what my record represents. And for me to change it, it was just wrong.Marc Hirsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow him on Twitter@spacecity