Spektor admitted to Pitchfork Media that she was unaware of how big a name Lynne is in the music business, before she hooked up with him. She admitted: "It's kind of funny. Actually, it's kind of sad - I didn't know who he was or what he had done when I asked him if he'd like to produce some songs. I'm the opposite of a knowledgeable music aficionado; tomorrow, I could discover an amazing artist that people have been listening to for the past 60 years and be, like, 'wow.' The reason I asked to contact Jeff was because I saw he produced the last Tom Petty record, Highway Companion, which I really loved. I noted him down so next time I did a record I could actually tell people, like, 'I have a few producers I'd like to check out.' I remember the silence on the phone when I said the name 'Jeff Lynne' to Tom Whalley, the president of Warner Bros. But Tom was really positive about it.
By the time I was about to meet Jeff I was sufficiently nervous. But he's really sweet. We drank a lot of tea. And after I worked with him, I started to understand, like, 'Oh yeah! That's Jeff - I know that song.' Sometimes you know the song or voice but you have no idea who sings it. But Jeff's definitely in the world of legends. He had these banjoleles - a mix between a banjo and a ukulele - and I picked one up and he was like, 'Yeah, George [Harrison] gave that to me.' I was like, 'Oh my god,' and then put it down."