Keaton Henson has shared “I’m Not There”, the third single, off his upcoming album “House Party” out June 9th via Play It Again Sam.
Keaton Henson said of the song: “I think I started writing this having (accidentally) caught sight of a video of me on stage, and just thinking that I didn’t recognise any of myself in it at all. The song itself though is about coming home from performing, or touring, or just being someone else publicly, and feeling like you need to just sit still and look for who you really are. It’s about the wind down, where you allow yourself to be human and flawed, and the fear that maybe one day you’ll come home or offstage, look for that real you, and not be able to find it.”
About the album Henson said this: “I wanted to make an upbeat confident pop record about depression and being a performer, written from the viewpoint of an artist who has hollowed himself out over a long career in the name of success, an alternate universe version of me, who is left empty and lonely from climbing to the top, but is still only able to express these feelings in the language of confident, performative pop songs.”
Those sentiments sound very familiar to the ones shared by Michael Stipe and Thom Yorke many years ago and that were documented in the film “meeting people is easy”. That being said this song feels a lot like an R.E.M. song and that’s a great thing.
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