London-based alt-pop artist .imp returns today with Lifedreamer, available now on all streaming/download platforms. The dreamy, euphoric new song follows 2017’s debut Headscrambled EP which was championed by 6Music’s Tom Robinson and acclaimed by XS Noize/GigSlutz upon release. Listen here
“The first section of the song was written while I was whacked out on morphine and recovering from surgery, so it has quite a dreamy feel,” explains James Hargreaves, AKA .imp. “I’m a big believer in the interpretation of a lyric being down to the listener so I don’t want to get too explicit in its meaning – but in essence it’s about keeping positive in adversity while you’re going through a difficult patch. When the trumpets kick in and the bigger musical section hits, that’s about being where you want to be, doing just what you want to do – you’ve fought your battles and your demons and you’re ready for the joy and celebration that comes with that. For me that’s being in the mountains – clean air, stunning scenery and so far removed from the grime of the city that is my day to day living. It was the only place I wanted to be when I was being fixed up and looked after by these amazing people in the NHS.”
Led by the songwriting and musical vision of Hargreaves, .imp began as a recording project born out of a stubborn passion for the love of music, drawing commentary from everything and anything – snatched conversations, TV, political travesty, loss or the confusion of existing in an information-soaked world. James’ musical influences are a melting pot – from Vince Clarke’s analogue synths to the lush complexity of Radiohead, with the idiosyncratic takes on pop of The Strokes and The Streets also key reference points.