"I remember writing it and thinking, "this is so weird it's coming out of me, because it sounds so different than what I normally do". It's about my friends and I doing completely different things, a time when you finish university and go separate ways, and you will probably never see some of these people again. It's a really weird time, I think."
Keeping Your Head Up:
"I actually had a verse and kind of pre-recorded this idea. I had it for ages and it was more of a ballad. It was sad and I didn't know what to do with that, I couldn't finish it for some reason. Then I wrote with Steve Mac and Wayne Hector and they put drums to it and I was thinking, "oh this feels very different". It feels kind of more poppy, and then suddenly the chorus became much more hopeful. I want people to know this is a bit more hopeful than things I have done before because I think I was in a much more hopeful place — and this song really sums up a lot of the album."
"I feel like a lot of my songs are about five different things at once. A lot of this album is about my own experiences. It's about being in love with someone but not quite enough, and kind of knowing that."
Lost It All:
"I think Lost It All is one of my favorites in this album. I had it for a long time — probably two years before. It's about my second album. It's about the frustration of that — because I was really young at the time and feeling I couldn't quite take control of it. I didn't know what I wanted yet, so that was really annoying at the time. Looking back on it, it's part of growing up — you have to learn things, you can't always know everything. But that song is just about me kind of feeling a bit lost."
"I actually covered Simon Aldred's song, People Help Other People. And people always suggested that I write with him, because he is really talented. As soon as I met him, we got along so well. He's such a beautiful writer. He writes these lyrics that are really dark but have a very hopeful message. And that really suited for my music."
Hear You Calling:
"I really love playing Hear You Calling. It's fun for me. It just feels really free and it's quite uplifting as well."
"It's more of a love song. It's about two people not admitting that it's not going to work out, and they carry on being together anyway. But I guess the album is about change and about lying to yourself and hoping everything would stay the same."
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