London-based ANDRO opens up in his achingly heartfelt and soul-stirring track “Pure,” an R&B-laced pop power-ballad that leans into connection and intimacy as if for the very first time.
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“Never been afraid of dropping, however this time I acquired my coronary heart in knots,” UK artist ANDRO sings in a brooding second of sincere reflection.
“Was holding all my choices open, however now I really feel I’m dropping contact.” Launched October 28, “Pure” is solely chic: An achingly heartfelt, fantastically bittersweet, and soul-stirring power-ballad all about these first moments we study to let somebody in after being closed off for thus lengthy. The Liverpool-born, London-based pop-soul artist leans into connection and intimacy prefer it’s his very first time, drenching the ears in a scorching R&B laced soundscape replete with buoyant, reverb-heavy keyboards, layers upon layers of enchanting harmonies, and naturally, his personal glistening, golden vocals.
“‘Pure’ is each a lament and a celebration,” ANDRO tells Atwood Journal. “I met somebody late 2021 and we each linked fairly spontaneously and fantastically, once I was going by means of profession and residing transitions, which is at all times scary. We had been each having a lot battle between; making room for one another and the challenges that include a romantic relationship and pushing each our careers as artists. I genuinely thought staying single and impartial and never taking a threat on love would by some means be higher. However I spotted that it’s potential to take care of each, particularly in such a fickle business as the humanities. Its necessary to make these connections which can be just a little bit extra private than simply pals.”
By no means been afraid of dropping, however this time I acquired my coronary heart in knots.
Was holding all my choices open, however now I really feel I’m dropping contact.
Now I hear the place my artwork goes, I don’t know if I acquired room for you.
I’m attempting simply to water my very own backyard, however I see it bloom for 2.
“I didn’t need to quit on one thing that felt like a pure attraction to me and so I undoubtedly discovered the choice inside my battle to make room for that individual so we might develop collectively while additionally rising my profession. And taking the danger in love, as I believe we must always at all times do. Nonetheless the opposite individual might by no means sit inside their confidence of realizing (or wanting) it might work. And so the refrain of the track is unquestionably the celebration a part of my battle: A declaration of how a lot I really feel for them in the course of the good and the unhealthy, and that I’m selecting to not run away simply because exterior circumstances are overwhelming.”
I’m being sincere. I’m feeling one thing for you.
In so many moments.
And I don’t really feel like giving up, I’m feeling one thing for you.
My coronary heart is ignited. And it feels pure.
“The second verse of ‘Pure’ was rewritten a number of months after the primary verse, which highlights the apparent stage of insecurity and uncertainty that at all times occurs in a relationship,” he continues. “The primary line; ‘When your eyes lay on my physique, Generally it makes me really feel insane’ has double which means. One being my very own insecurities about elements of my physique and the way that made me really feel once they checked out me bare, however the different optimistic aspect to that, is the sexual chemistry we had. It additionally strikes into the territory of vulnerability each bodily and emotional, which I believe is at all times an fascinating subject, particularly in queer relationships, we may be so extremely open and communicative however when it’s your first time being confronted with how actual communication ought to and may be, it’s scary. Not realizing precisely what the opposite individual is considering on a regular basis, no thoughts video games, and so forth. And so, I made the choice to be courageous and put within the “work” as we had been clearly one another’s confidant throughout robust moments.”
“I interpret the center eight part and the ultimate refrain to be a ultimate plea of not wanting to surrender, simply because it’s going to be arduous work – and that I’m falling in love.”
I wanna hear all of the ideas you’re considering, however I don’t wanna play thoughts video games.
Now I see the place my coronary heart is falling, I’m courageous sufficient to make a name.
You’ve gotten been my solely supply of consolation, at a time I assumed I misplaced all of it.
Spoiler alert: “Pure” doesn’t have a cheerful ending – no less than, not in a Disney “happily-ever-after” fairytale sense.
“Ultimately, the opposite individual didn’t need to make room, and selected themselves and their profession,” ANDRO says. But when we consider a cheerful ending as a finale the place our protagonist has grown and emotionally matured, studying one thing new and worthwhile that they’ll take with them and construct upon sooner or later, then “Pure” in, truth, euphoric.
ANDRO’s first providing of the yr can be the lead single off his forthcoming three-track sophomore EP Battle, which follows final summer season’s four-track debut EP Mortal. Harking back to “Man within the Mirror”-era Michael Jackson (and to a lesser extent, “Observe You Observe Me” period Genesis), with its pulsing guitars and smoldering, larger-than-life drums, “Pure” is straightforward and enjoyable to fall for. Previously a member of Mercury Prize-nominated band Jungle, ANDRO is rapidly cementing himself as a powerhouse vocalist and an equally proficient lyricist; evidently, we are able to’t wait to reel by means of the fervor of Battle upon its launch.
For now, we’ll be crying our eyes out to “Pure.”
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