Single Review: Adam French – Weightless

By on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

For farmers, the term ‘beast of burden’ came about to describe their working animals. Horses, donkeys and other creatures on the land were tasked to help with the most strenuous of jobs that were too difficult for man alone, carrying wares and ploughing the fields. What has become eminently clearer as mental health takes a more centre stage role in our lives is that as human beings, we ourselves can be burdened not just by physical weight in this life. The emotional toll of the romantic relationships we have with other people can be as equally burdensome, and carrying such a weight can come at a cost, one that is worthy of discussion and hopefully, resolution. In a quite evocative way, Cheshire-born singer/songwriter Adam French’s new single ‘Weightless’ demonstrates just this.

Structurally, French’s approach to the song is simple: initially, echoing, minor key electric guitar notes gently strummed, haunting in their sparseness, are the only accompaniment to his forlorn voice. A string arrangement comes in for brief moments throughout the song, low enough in the mix to continue the sombre atmosphere but without overwhelming everything else. Like previous single ‘Euthanasia’, the song speaks of an unbalanced relationship. “You say you’re gonna make it all right / how you gonna make it all right?”, he asks rhetorically. The pace is faster on these lines, as if he’s rushing through the words because he himself does not believe them.

In a slower tempo and with a beautiful lilt, French insists in the chorus, “only you can make me weightless”. This is just before he lets out an owl-like call that rings out in the echoes, emphasising the feeling of loneliness. The tempo speeds back up on the lines where loneliness turns into feeling lost and not himself at all: “I lose myself for a little while / remove myself for a little while / to prove myself for a little while”. The quickly, then slowly sung words provide an interesting contrast, the slower moments showing the full beauty of French’s voice. It’s when French pauses and lets his voice slink around the melody that you realise he has the potential of being Britain’s next great crooner.

A lovely ballad to tug on the ol’ heartstrings, ‘Weightless’ is a great first taste of his next EP, which will drop on the 8th of November. Watch this space.

8.5/10

‘Weightless’, the new single from singer/songwriter Adam French, is out now on Virgin EMI. The official video to the single is below. To watch an additional live performance of the song at London St. Stephen’s Church last year go here. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on him, follow this link.

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