Interview: Jerry Williams
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The New Year is a funny time. You’re surrounded by vows of ‘new year, new me’, you somehow feel a little threatened at all the social media ultimatums and you start think what should I be changing. Last year, Jerry Williams was feeling “a little bit lost” over the supposedly festive period. Confessing “I was also falling out of love with someone…” the foundations of the 20-year-old’s latest EP ‘Let’s Just Forget It’ start to come to light. “I always write from a personal experience or an experience of someone I know.” says the Portsmouth songstress. Her honey sweet vocals are tinged with sharp, quick witted lyricism; a true story-teller Jerry captures the essence of teenage-hood in her silk-woven tones. The title track, and latest single, threads thrill in dramatic, repetitive acoustics that wrap around divulged whispers, ‘there was a hurricane, and I named it after you’, that explode into soaring harmonics. “'Let's Just Forget It' was written after a massive writing block! I was feeling uninspired for ages and then all of a sudden Dan Brown (co-writer and producer) and I, had a conversation about how cruel the world can be sometimes.” Her home-spun stories, ‘just like the poetry in my favourite book you call to me’ and innocent comparisons, ‘and I see your smile like you’ve woken up to snow’, craft a wonderful bond between listener and narrator. The melancholy gives a tight embrace, and for Jerry the track is “a more serious side to me which I wanted people to hear and relate to.” Not one to glamourise young love, but more capture the moment, ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ bounces almost in satire. Declaring, ‘I want the love you see on TV screens’ in bubble-gum pop vocals, the candy is cracked with razor sharp lyricism ‘I’m not in love with you, are you with me?’ “You just have to capture the story right!” says Jerry, “I felt those feelings and I know how I want to tell the story. Hopefully this is more relatable.”
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