Penned in lockdown, it’s the lead single from his debut solo release ‘Real Life and Other Stories. Speaking on the song, he notes “Songwriting has always been quite a solitary pursuit for me, shutting yourself away and sitting with your thoughts is often where the process starts. So, a state imposed ‘lockdown’ seemed like a good moment to revisit some old unfinished material.
“‘No Namer Blues’, started life as a half forgotten scrap, it’s a song I had started writing some years ago and then abandoned. As soon as I reminded myself of the pre-existing chorus words, I knew it was a song that needed finishing. They eerily fitted the mood and new daily circumstances…”
Accompanied by a video directed by Lily Rose Thomas, Lily adds, “The video is a reflection on the ‘open window’, filled with longing, just as the song is. The idea for ‘No Namer Blues’ came from us being locked down together in a flat without a garden, where we had spent a long time gazing out of the window; windows took on a new significance, and so we ran with this for the video.
“We asked as many people as we could think of to film a simple shot of their view, with our only request being that we wanted to see the window frame in the shot. We collaborated with editor Charlie Rotberg who did a fantastic job of stitching all the footage together.”
Watch it now below.