Real World – Out Today

Dear friends,

I hope you are well; Happy Easter to you!

Today I am releasing a new song ‘Real World’. This is the second track on my new album ‘Don’t Love With Your Mind’, which I am releasing on 3rd May. 

This song sees me working with the great Pete Redshaw on drums for the first time. I have admired Pete’s playing for many years, especially his work in Peakes; so I was really pleased when he agreed to play on my new songs.

This song deals with my experience of mental illness, as does a lot of this record. Specifically, it’s about OCD, and the way in which it turns your mind into a prison. It’s a lot less abstract, and more ‘to-the-point’, than some of my previous work. I wanted to find that feeling in the music, and turn up the intensity as far as I could. 

It’s the first album that I have written, produced and mixed myself. This less collaborative approach is not my natural state of working, but I think it helped me lean into intensity and has probably served these particular songs better…maybe.

I feel that some of these new songs are less accessible, a bit darker and texturally more chaotic, than some of my recent work. Maybe I’m overthinking that, though. So – to anyone who listens – I am hugely grateful. This was an important record for me to make. I learnt a lot in the process; both about music and myself. 

I look forward to hearing what some of you folks make of it!

Click here to stream ‘Real World’ on your platform of choice

Click here to download ‘Real World’ from Bandcamp