updated 10/12/2010 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/13/2010 AT 8:50 AM ET
The country duo Sugarland are pulling back the curtain to reveal the process behind making their new album – and PEOPLE.com has a first look at the footage.
Living Liner Notes – a live version of the writings usually found in a CD booklet – offers an inside look at the pair in their Atlanta studio during the February recording process of their fourth album, The Incredible Machine, due Oct. 19.
“The Living Liner Notes are exactly what they sound like they are, in the sense that, just like in an album, you receive the liner notes that talk about each song in different and varying degrees of detail,” Jennifer Nettles, 36, tells PEOPLE. “We actually did living versions of those where we talk about each song.”
Nettles likens the process to sharing a secret. “Sometimes we like to leave some of the mystery of interpretation,” she says. “But at the same time, we wanted to give some of that insight.”
The footage, only available on iTunes, captures the Atlanta natives as they “stumble and conjure these songs,” says singer/guitarist Kristian Bush, 40.
The video notes, adds Bush, “tell the story of literally us creating this record. We created more during the process of making this album than we ever have before. We usually write our songs before we get there, and a lot of these [notes] show the process that we go through to create all these things.”