London based singer-songwriter John Myrtle has today announced his debut album Myrtle Soup, set to be released on June 18th via Sad Club Records. He has also shared a new single from the album “How Can You Tell If You Love Her?”, following on from “Get Her Off My Mind”, which will also appear on the upcoming album.
On the new single Myrtle is brimming with bittersweet energy. Basking in heartbreak in the lyrics, myrtle is honestly tender, all whilst the upbeat Beatles-esque melody hones in the warm feeling of the sunny days that we’ve been feeling of late.
Speaking on the new single Myrtle said:
“I guess the song is about being sure of the relationship you’re in – you can never really be certain you’re doing the right thing, you’ve just got to trust yourself. It’s not like you can get a tape measure or complete a questionnaire to tell you if what you’re doing is right This was the first song I had written since I had moved to London. I remember feeling quite alone when writing it, and just really unsure about all the decisions I had made up until that point.”
“I had just broken up with a long term girlfriend who I had partly moved to London to be with, and I had just begun seeing someone who told me she only wanted a casual type of thing going. I remember feeling like everyone I had known always seemed to doubt love in some way, and I wrote the lyrics to this song with that in mind. I was unsure of what the future held for me, and I felt like singing this song was quite cathartic, at least it screamed out that I wanted certainty in my life and answers!”.
Myrtle Soup is an exploration of love and identity, diffused within the difficult and lonely period of writing during lockdown, packaged together as a homely bowl of soup.
Speaking about the album Myrtle says:
“What’s more soothing and reassuring than a homemade bowl of soup!? I want people to play this record and enjoy my homemade sounds with a nice calm sigh!”
“I wanted to name the mini-album something that would reflect my whole writing and recording process. In lockdown, writing and recording from home was amplified even more – just doing everything at home was the only thing you could do. Before I would write and record, then leave my house and go have fun. It was obviously quite a distressing time for everyone, and so I wanted a name that was homely but also soothing and reassuring.”
Listen to the new single below!