Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Graces”?
For me, the message of Graces is hope in a new beginning, so it’s an exploration of all those positive feelings – the stage where you’re happy in a new relationship and just hoping it lasts. But it’s also about separation in the face of that hope, for whatever reason having to be apart from that person. So its hope that everything will work out, tainted by a bit of dread, that deep down you know there’s a good chance it won’t. It’s difficult though, in writing music then explaining it, I never want to define what it means concretely, because I still want it to be flexible to connect with people in whatever ways it makes sense to them.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we shot the video for it towards the end of December. It was a really cool experience, bringing it to life. One of the first videos where I actually acted the emotions of the song, as in my previous videos they were more performance focused, with the story being played by actors. So, it was a new experience. The single artwork was shot on the day of the video, and really surmises what Graces is about, two people about to part. The whole feel was quite retro, and in black and white to capture the theme of my EP that it was a memory that happened in the past, so a retelling of a story, rather than something happening in the present.
The single comes off your new EP Memories in Watercolour – what’s the story behind the title?
I really wanted to make an EP that told a story, from beginning to end. That’s what Memories in Watercolour is, over 8-tracks, sequentially, it charts the journey of a relationship: from the first song, Graces, where everything is hopeful and new, yet still tainted by this feeling of inevitable separation, to the middle track where you know that something is not quite right and finally, to the last track where it comes to an end. But the central idea of the EP is reflection, looking back at the experience and telling the story of it in an empowering way. The idea of the title “Memories in Watercolour” is based on the sense that whenever you experience something that moves you, you can’t ever recapture it and retell it in the exact way it happened. Memory is tainted by reflection. So it’s this fluid retelling of the story of a relationship over 8 tracks.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing ‘Memories in Watercolour’, was such an organic process, as much as I wanted to tell a story, I didn’t plan each song to follow each other as sequentially as they did, when I listened back to the songs together they lined themselves up in a way that made so much sense. Looking back at the way the music fitted together, it was a story that was meant to happen on its own.
What role does London plays in your music?
The time where I’m most creative is when I go for a walk. That’s when I write. I get inspired and my ideas flow. So, I guess London being the backdrop of that has a large impact on my inspiration for writing my music.
What aspect of relationships did you get to explore on this record?
I feel like the record touches on almost every aspect! Each track of the EP, examines a different stage of a relationship. So it comes full circle from hopefulness, distance, heartbreak to resolution and moving forward.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I will be announcing some tour dates soon!
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