Jordan Merrick Releases Single ‘I Don’t Belong’ Ahead Of Debut Album (‘I Don’t Belong’ Out Friday, September 27)
Tackling a debut album is no small feat and this Brisbane-based singer-songwriter, Jordan Merrick, is setting himself up for this massive milestone with his new single ‘I Don’t Belong’ (out Friday, September 27th – listen here).
In June, Merrick released his first single in almost two years since his debut year in 2017. ‘Low Country’ – acting as the first taste of Merrick’s debut album – showed how Merrick has shaped his sound from his folk beginnings into a fleshed-out, full-band sound that delves into folk, blues-rock, soul and vaudeville/ cabaret.
Now, ahead of the release of his debut album, ‘Night Music’ (set for release on October 25th) is the ominous, slow-stomping single, ‘I Don’t Belong’.
This pioneering new sound of Merricks is created by the complex layering of instrumentation which was pieced together by the help of ARIA winning producer/ engineer Steven Schram (Paul Kelly, Bob Evans, The Cat Empire).
Pushing and pulling from a light, uplifting energy to a dark and eerie vibe the track features smooth, overdriven blues guitar; quivering piano lines; a honking sousaphone; and a steady heavy-beat accentuated by timely booms and clangs.
This is all topped off by the deepened growling-croon from Merrick who sings about a strange revelation one morning as he commuted to his 9-5. Merrick states:
“I stood amongst a crowd of people also waiting for their commute to work. People staring at their phones. People talking. People with headphones in. I felt like I wasn’t meant to be there – I was meant to be at home or on the stage playing music – doing what I wanted to do and I felt like I didn’t belong.”
Merrick continued to note that, “Sometimes when you feel out of place it can give you a really interesting perspective. ‘I Don’t Belong’ captures this feeling and explores how we’re doing all we can to get by.”
Contrary to the title of this single, Merrick has found where he belongs with this new sound that sets up the release of his debut album.
Merrick will be taking the album on the road in November which will be announced following the release of this single.
Prior to the release of the album, Merrick will be performing a special, pre-release show on the 19th of October, treating fans with all of his new music which will be found on his new album. Event information below.