After moving to New York in the summer of 2014, Laura Gibson decided to take a step back from music, and promptly broke her foot. She’d just left behind the security of friends, family, and a long-term boyfriend back in Portland, and after spending the first two months hobbling around her new Manhattan apartment, it must have seemed like life had thrown all its upheaval at the artist at once. Or at least it could have, right up until the apartment was destroyed in a gas explosion the following March, killing two people. Gibson survived, despite being home at the time, though all her notebooks and song ideas had gone. Once again, it was time to start from scratch.