When Henry Jamison wrote ‘I Forget Myself’ about an ex-partner, he couldn’t have predicted that in 12 months’ they’d be moving back in together just in time for quarantine.
“I Forget Myself’ is a song of regret, written in the aftermath of a breakup. When I wrote this song a year ago, I obviously had no idea that it would come out in the middle of a global pandemic nor that we would be back together”, says Henry.
The latest single from forthcoming EP Tourism, a collaborative EP featuring the likes of Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, Fenne Lily, Joseph, Darlingside and Lady Lamb, ‘I Forget Myself’ finds Henry trying to discover a sense of self, hopelessly attempting to remember everything from birth through to meeting her to take accountability for his part in the break-up.
“It was a failed exercise then, but I feel like I’m finally succeeding in it now, in my 8×12” quarantine studio. So, I don’t feel like it’s a song of despair so much as a song of incomplete hope that leaves off at a point where I’ll have to pick up in my writing now”.
Angelic harmonies from Darlingside, who serve as Henry’s backing band throughout Tourism, play counter to Henry’s mental torment as he castigates the malleability of memory, most prominently in the track title itself. The result is a modern day mixture of Beach Boys-meets-Leonard Cohen.
Despite the anxieties of life right now, Henry finds himself in a much better headspace, trying in any way he can to help people stay calm.
“Since the outbreak, I’ve tried to be helpful just by playing my songs on social media for people. I’ve also gotten messages from people saying that they’re experiencing existential despair. That’s what this song is about: forgetting your purpose and who you are and trying to piece your sense of identity and purpose back together by sifting through the past and by not letting your “little mind” make a hell out of your situation. It was written specifically about a breakup that I went through last year, but I hope that it’s universal enough to speak to this moment, if only by helping people stay calm.”
Tourism is released through Color Study on May 15th. Jamison is currently working alongside label mates Charli Adams and Haux to reschedule three select speciality shows originally planned to take place in LA, New York and London this June.