John Joseph Brill released his new EP I’m Not Alright earlier in the week through Kobalt. Featuring his hauntingly beautiful new single ‘A Place To Drown’, previous single and EP title track ‘I’m Not Alright’ as well as two new tracks ‘Smoke’ and ‘The Leaving Song’.
Having spent his early 20s fronting London based heavy rock outfit Burning Beard, John Joseph Brill established himself as a mainstay of the West London music scene. The same musical community that bred The Staves, Laura Marling and Bear’s Den heavily influenced Brill to explore a more confessional, honest form of songwriting and in 2013 he left his former band and the capital and moved to Liverpool.
There in Liverpool he honed his craft as a solo artist, immersed in the oeuvre of Leonard Cohen, Jason Molina and Neil Young he began writing and performing, in his unique baritone style, songs about everything from heartbreak to death and friendship.
Speaking about the EP’s inspiration Brill explains, “The EP was intended as the tale of a break up in reverse. It begins with the title track, the moment of realization, ‘I’m Not Alright’ and ends with the story of how it all began ‘The Leaving Song’. In between, in the body of the journey to acceptance the listener is exposed to grief in ‘A Place To Drown’ and acceptance in ‘Smoke’.”
Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den has both produced and performed on the EP, alongside his band mate’s and John’s usual collaborators. Speaking about working together on the EP Brill says “We’re old friends and for a record this personal I wanted someone I trusted to take care of my songs. I’m delighted with what we were able to create”.
Listen to the I’m Not Alright EP here.