American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has opened up about his recent divorce and the effect it's had on his new album, The Beast in it's Tracks.

Speaking on Today with Pat Kenny this morning, Ritter spoke about how the album is a very personal work for which he wrote his first auto-biographical songs.

The Idaho-born singer spoke about his divorce in 2010 from fellow songwriter Dawn Landes and the profound effect it had on him and his work. However, he insists The Beast in it's Tracks not a dark album.

Listen back to the interview here

Ritter also performed two tracks from the new album - Joy to You Baby and New Lover.