“Gone” is the brand new single from James Vincent McMorrow out today via Sony Music UK / RCA Records. The single was produced by McMorrow alongside Paul Epworth and Moon Willis, with the track building from little more than sparse beats and intimate vocals into a pop song clouded by chaos, but is actually about clarity (“I give less fucks than I used to / still give a lot of fucks”).
“’Gone‘ is about the disintegration of relationships,” says McMorrow. “In my case, the disintegration of my relationship with myself. No song or lyric I’ve ever written has come as close to this one at capturing how I feel about life, how I hear it, my fear of it, my obsession with it, my belligerent belief that I can control it, my quiet acknowledgment in the middle of the night that I will never control a single thing. And there’s nothing wrong with any of it. There’s absolute beauty in embracing the chaos and the decay. I know I was exhausted pretending everything was all right.”
The single may just be the biggest and boldest track James has released to date, but it’s also entirely in line with an artist who has always written with startling clarity, and followed his inspiration simply wherever it takes him. “I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person,” he says. “But I don’t feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18 years old. This album is about embracing the idea that it’s okay to not have things figured out.”