OLDHAM: [...] the ways that I do things are not in tune with how I can do them commercially. My dream 10 years ago would've been to continue to write and record songs in record/album form for years to come, but now records aren't what they were then—and so it doesn't actually feel very good to make a record of songs.
RACHEL: Is it because it feels like making records doesn't have the same kind of cultural value to people than it did before, so you're kind of working on this ephemeral thing that no one wants?
OLDHAM: Absolutely. It feels kind of disrespectful to the songs. It's good when someone says, "Would you write a song for this purpose," or "would you record a song for this purpose," or "would you help me realize this song," again, for this purpose.
Will Oldham, interviewed here.