SINGLE REVIEW: Jamie Lenman – Talk Hard

Legendary alt-rock and indie-pop songwriter Jamie Lenman recently released the music video of his new track, ‘Talk Hard’ ahead of his performance at ArcTanGent Festival.

On the lyrical part, Lenman came up with a strong statement that embraces the idea of standing up for yourself and making your voice heard, no matter the circumstances. “It’s about encouraging and empowering people, standing behind them and lending them your support. Very positive, after all the negative feelings from King Of Clubs.”, he says.

Personally, the statement that Lenman tries to convey in his track reminds me of post-punk, as the words “I know it maybe seems too much to handle finding the energy to shout above the crowd/ But if they take away the proper channels you have to find somehow to make it extra loud” portray the figure of a man who might feel too strangled in an ocean full of careless people.

He welcomed a new sound on his latest release, more melancholic and mainstream, that could easily resemble Weezer. “I’ve been trying for a long time to do something a bit more melodic, and Talk Hard is the first flowering of that. People tell me they can hear Weezer in there which is great as they’ve always been heroes of mine, particularly the first two albums.”, says Jamie Lenman.

The music video was directed by Jen Hingley (False Advertising), starring Lenman himself and hula-hoop performer Amazi Hoops. I consciously tried to not cook up any ideas of my own for this track so that Jen could have free reign without my interference. She came up with this tin can idea that I really liked. It seemed very similar to the kind of videos we used to make back in the band days, with a quirky concept and even a little mystery.“, says the songwriter.

The song was recorded at The Chapel studios in Chichester in January and February 2022 and engineered, produced, and mixed by Mark Roberts (Delta Sleep, Black Peaks, The Physics House Band) with additional engineering by Kieran Heighes, and mastered by Ed Woods (The Who, Manic Street Preachers, VUKOVI).

‘Talk Hard’ is out now on all of the usual platforms.

Find out more on Jamie Lenman’s official website

Review by Lorena Cristea
Photograph by Jen Hingley

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