Placebo Premieres New Song “Beautiful James” on BBC Radio 6 Music
- British rock band Placebo, consisting of Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal, is back. The band premiered a new song “Beautiful James” on BBC Radio 6 Music.
The song is the first single off of their upcoming eighth studio album, which is expected to be released in early 2022.
The track was written by Stefan Olsdal and Brian Molko. Produced by Placebo and Adam Noble.
Frontman Brian Molko told BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the song, “Earlier when I was talking about presenting song titles of songs that hadn't been written, I had this list of sing titles and that was one of them, and for some reason it jumped out of the page at me and made itself known. But it kind of started during a period of major insomnia for me in 2019. I was having this kind of I mean I have issues with sleep and I can sort of go through periods where I for a couple of months I don't really get more two or three hours sleep at night. This was a particularly bad couple of weeks, but in my stupor, I don't know where from, I was getting melodies, and phrases were coming into my head. It was like I was delirious from lack of sleep, and therefore connected to something which I didn't really know what it was. I remember having to get out of bed five or six times a night even though I wasn't sleeping, and just go over to the piano to record a melody onto my phone.”
- He continued, “One of those melodies was called 'Bad Piano' because I'd recorded it at five in the morning, just to get the notes down. So for a long time 'Beautiful James' was called 'Bad Piano' because the main hook melody was written by me at five o'clock in the morning in the middle of a major bout of insomnia. Then Stefan had to take it and make some sense out of it. It became the keyboard riff, the main riff, of 'Beautiful James'.”
He added, “I really want each person who cares enough to listen to the record to find their own story. So 'Beautiful James' I fully expect people to ask me all the time, Who is James to you? I don't know who's your fovorite James, James Coden or James Brown which one do you prefer or like who is James to you and is James even a man? These are questions I'm not going to answer, these are questions I want people to ask themselves.”
- source : BBC Radio 6 Music