Retro synths glimmer into life, swiftly accompanied by a textured indie-pop production, and raw, pleading vocals. But it’s the heartbreaking lyricism that gets you in the latest track from Durham-hailed artist RJ Thompson.
“Forget About The Day”, taken from Thompson’s upcoming record Lifeline, tells a multi-layered story of the importance of mental health, the pitfalls of social media, and with an undercurrent of suicide – all with a hopeful message to tie it together at the end. Connection – with yourself, and other people – is key.
“I got tired of writing cryptic messages about my own mental health, but I watched so many people close to me struggle,” explains Thompson. “So many people battle with the ups and downs of everyday life. I try to speak about mental health with my friends and family very openly, but publicly I’ve always, for whatever reason, been quiet. Forget About The Day is the opposite. It’s straight to the point. Nothing cryptic. A song written for everyone who is struggling in one way or another… we need to talk about these things.”
And the music video is an apt, touching look at the ups and downs of a couple in lockdown. Watch it, and weep.
Watch the music video for “Forget About The Day” below…