But all that is changing this summer as both McLachlan and Lilith Fair mark their triumphant return. Laws of Illusion, McLachlan’s sixth all-original album, bows June 15 — and the singer-songwriter who founded the "celebration of women" hits the road with Lilith Fair 2.0 less than two weeks later to support the record with artists including Brandi Carlile, Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, Tegan and Sara and the Indigo Girls, among others.
AfterEllen.com caught up with McLachlan to talk about Lilith Fair, Laws of Illusion and why sexual orientation "doesn’t matter."
AfterEllen.com: It’s been seven-plus years since you’ve recorded an album of all original material, and you’ve historically taken a few years off between albums. Is there a specific reason for that?
AE: How is Laws of Illusion different than Afterglow?
We did six songs in five days that way; the bulk of the songs. That was really exciting and fun and just kept it fresh with a different kind of energy. The past couple records have been a week in Montreal and then my producer coming to Vancouver. So lots of slowly building up songs a lot quicker.
AE: Where does the album title come from?
I like the fact that it doesn’t make any sense — it’s all about the fantasies that a lot of us buy into about how your life is going to play out and you’re going to meet that person and get married and have kids or what ever your path is. Then all of the sudden, it’s no longer in front of you. That whole big chunk of your life that you sort of had checked that off and went, "OK, that’s settled." It defines you. It defined me to a large degree and I sort of had to go and pick up the pieces and figure out who I was at that point. The process of figuring that out was making this record.