Liam Bailey Deals With Self-Hate, Rebirth In 'You Saw the Devil In Me' Premiere


Liam Bailey's newest single is known as "You Saw the Devil In Me." But the track and its video, premiering completely beneath, is definitely in regards to the British soul singer himself seeing these demons.

Bailey tells Billboard that "You Saw the Devil in Me" and the remainder of his upcoming EP Brand New is partly the results of remedy to cope with "self-hate" points and got here out of a interval when he was "discovering it onerous to be actual in my writing." "It takes lots of balls to say with out having to dilute it," Bailey explains. "This time I had some issues to write down about -- the concept of not being self-confident, not with the ability to look within the mirror and so forth. So as a substitute of hiding myself I wrote about these issues, primarily based on me trying within the mirror and writing whereas I used to be trying within the mirror."

The minimal, spacious "You Saw the Devil in Me," in the meantime, got here "after fairly an intense remedy session, the place I used to be pressured to be introspective and face troublesome truths about how I'd been residing." The track's video, directed by James Beale, takes Bailey to Bulgaria, the place he tried to convey the will for "a relaxed quiet house to suppose." "I've all the time believed that any true individual carries darkish and light-weight inside them," he says, "so in that video you've bought darkish and light-weight and also you see me simply on the mountain high, singing on the high of my lungs...It feels introspective, however there's hope in it, and the dawn panorama provides it a way of rebirth as properly."

With Brand New popping out Feb. 1, Bailey -- who's slated to be a part of Gorillaz's subsequent mission as properly -- is planning to tour within the New Year however can also be engaged on a second full-length album to comply with up 2014's Definitely Now. He's been recording primarily with Leon Michels (the Arcs, El Michels Affair) in New York. There's no timeline for that but, however Bailey describes it as "electrical soul. It's going to be fairly eclectic, actually -- in case you can think about some form of reggae-soul-dancehall, a mixture like that. There's lots of music. I'm simply persevering with as I must go on and I'll put it out when it's proper."