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And it's still going - I can't wait to get back in the studio." He plans to record new material in Reykjavik in the new year with Alex Somers - the US musician (and partner of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi Birgisson) - in the producer's chair.
Despite writing the best part of 100 songs, only eight make it onto My Favourite Faded Fantasy.
He helped me get out of my way, and had he not done that, there may not be a record." He says he had no inkling that O had the potential to be such a big-seller.
"When I finished O, I remember thinking this is the most uncommercial record you could possibly make.
There was much talk about the lengthy hiatus between U2 albums before they dropped Songs of Innocence into half a billion i Tunes accounts last month, but such a gap was nothing for those waiting for Damien Rice to get around to releasing a follow-up to 'difficult' second album, 9. "When I started off in music," he says, "I started with a real innocence, a real love for the instrument, the writing the songs, the playing the songs and the sharing and the recording and experimenting. "Then, this thing called success came and something happened at some point where I became disenchanted and I lost the innocence.
So then I sorted of dusted myself off and then got my record together,” she said.
That album, Sea Sew, earned her Choice Music Prize and Mercury Prize nominations and she followed it up with the chart topping Passenger.
And it all depends on how I translate that in here [pointing to his head]." At this point, his sister Fiona - who is part of his management team - appears to tell him he needs to eat before the showcase. "Let's say I get called a 'selfish, arrogant asshole'. 'Selfish' comes into my life now and I count all the times I was selfish.
I count all the times I was arrogant - so many times. And I start smiling and think, 'This person is so right: I am a selfish, arrogant asshole - sometimes.