One of the inspirations for the album was Richard Adams' 1972 novel Watership Down
, about a small group of rabbits that are unhappy in the warren that they're in and decide to break out. The book recounts the rabbits' odyssey as they seek a place in which to establish a new home, a sort of utopian society, encountering perils and temptations along the way. Carlton described the novel to us as a "kind of the emotional bible, and I did carry it around like it was a bible." Back in 1979 Art Garfunkel recorded "Bright Eyes
" for an animated film made of Watership Down
. It went on to become the biggest selling single of the year in the UK.