‘Terminal 4’, the first single from my second album, premiered on Loud Women today! It will be released digitally on 19 May, available from all the usual places.
I liked the idea that we’re continually making a personal map of our emotional lives, and that specific places have the power to take us back in time, whether we like it or not. The song was inspired by going back to places that have strong feelings attached to them, like the house I grew up in, and visits to Oxford and Bristol where I used to live. It’s about the idea that as we move through the world we give meaning to the places where we make important memories – even mundane places like street corners and train stations.
I’ve been wanting to make an animated video for a while, partly because I’m not that keen on being on film, but also because I love animation. This single felt like a good time to give it a go, so I asked Horrorize Studio to make one for me, and it came out great: you can watch it here.
The full version of the song features an extended outro to shake your ass to – have a listen below. Singles are supposed to be three minutes long, not closer to six, but I think this version is way better. So I figured, fuck it, it’s not like it’s going to be on Radio 1 anyway, I may as well release the version I like best. The B-side is a cover of 100,000 Fireflies by The Magnetic Fields, which I recorded a year or two ago, and the artwork features one of my drawings.
Meanwhile, my new album is about half completed (yes, most artists finish their albums before picking singles but I’m impatient and I don’t like leaving long gaps between releases). I’ve got five songs recorded and a bunch more half-recorded. I hope to have news about more single releases very soon, and will post again shortly about live dates over the summer.