Sam Fischer Releases Debut Album “I Love You, Please Don't Hate Me”
Los Angeles-based Australian pop rock singer-songwriter Sam Fischer released his debut album “I Love You, Please Don't Hate Me” on December 1, 2023.
The album comprises a 15-track, featuring guest appearances from Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor and Amy Shark.
Produced by Stuart Crichton, John Hume,
King Henry, Lostboy, Ryan Marrone, M-Phazes, Jorgen Odegard, Jordan Riley, Jimmy Robbins, Aidan Rodriguez, Rykeyz, Fraser T. Smith, Peter Thomas, Two Inch Punch, and Wendy Wang.
The album is a musical journey exploring the highs and lows of life, delving into the intricate landscape of mental health with poignant melodies and introspective lyrics, and documenting transformations over the past decade.
Sam Fischer said of the album, “Apart from being the fifteen best songs I've ever written, my debut album is an honest conversation with myself about my feelings over the last five years. I've been in love, heartbroken, elated, deluded, uncertain and desperate.”
- He continued, “I'm a completely different person now than I was when 'This City' stormed the world. I've had everything I've always wanted handed to me and then taken away. I've tried to navigate a relationship romantically and with myself through it all. This album gives you a front row seat to my mind and hopefully, with this release, I can hand over everything I've been holding to the listeners to carry for me and figure out what comes next.”
He shared on social media, “I'm so proud of every song on this album & the insane village of incredible people it's taken to create it. the last few years have been an unconventional & at times heartbreaking roller coaster but this album is honest, fulfilling & cathartic to say the least. I've lived with these songs for so long and at last, we're in the final stretch & i'm so deeply excited to be able to let go of everything this record holds & pass it on to all of you.”
Sam Fischer explained track-by-track for the album.
“I Love You, Please Don't Hate Me”
“The title track of my debut album, 'I Love You Please Don't Hate Me'”
“I wrote 'Afterglow' at a time when I felt totally burnt out on writing sessions, just creatively spent. It was a total Hail Mary song that started with me asking myself 'what would Chris Martin do', which I recommend for whenever you feel like you're running on empty. It's that euphoria you feel when everything clicks, that explosion of radical self-love and you finally feel what you've been waiting for your whole life. I want the world to 'let go' of all the BS that keeps you down when they hear 'Afterglow'.”
“There have been times over the past 2 years where I really felt like I'd never get to do the things I'd always dreamed about doing as an artist. With every virtual performance that ended with a deep silence from my furniture, it just started making me really sad, and at the same time guilty, because I wasn't appreciating what I have at all. I was actively refusing to accept the reality and instead romanticizing a version of life that just simply didn't exist. That's really what “Hopeless Romantic” is about. Though I will say, having just come off of my first headline tour, where I got to meet my fans for the first time, who are the people who give me this life, I'm in a much better place.”
“The one that's taken me for a ride. 'This City' was a pivotal moment. It opened so many doors for me, and for that, I'll forever be thankful. There were too many moments to include in this carousel, but this is one slice of it. I knew it was a special song, but it's my little story and I was like, 'Who cares? But there's a universal message in there. I kept trying to change myself to find a version that would fit in with L.A. My mental health was just down the drain. Despite it all happening during a pandemic, to achieve what the song has achieved and do what I've been able to do has just honestly been a dream come true.”
“What Other People Say” featuring Demi Lovato
Sam Fischer said, “'What Other People Say' is a confession, realising how far away you can get from who you are in an effort to be liked. It's about the pressures of society and how getting caught up with the wrong things can change you.”
Demi Lovatoi said, “This song is a reflection on what it's like to lose who you truly are in an effort to please other people and society. It's why I wanted to make this song with Sam – ultimately it's about two humans coming together to connect and find solutions to their problems.”
“You Don't Call Me Anymore”
“You Don't Call Me Anymore is a song for anyone who's lost someone they had no idea they were losing. Whether it's falling out of love, fading out of friendship or grieving the passing of a loved one. It's the realization that they're not there anymore and there's no rhyme or reason to it, nothing happened, they're just not around. It hurts, it sucks but it's human and everyone will feel it at some point in their lives, so when they do, at least they'll have this song to find some comfort in.”
“The most gorgeous love song you've ever heard.”
“Iceberg. Anxiety is filming content in ur car in public.”
“Hard To Love”
“Inspired by my own BS and in the most human way possible, 'Hard To Love' is a song simply about being hard to love.”
“Watching My World Fall Apart”
“This song was inspired by what happened when I was in the car on my way to Frasert Smith's place for a session. Right as we were arriving, the driver got a call and I watched in real time this man's world come crashing down as he asked in hushed tones 'have I been made redundant?' We all watched the world fall apart around us over the last few years. It was a fast one to write.”
“Alright” featuring Meghan Trainor
“I had a panic attack in the shower, and it's weird because they say, to calm yourself down when you're upset, go to a body of water. So, I had this weird juxtaposition of like, 'my body is freaking out on me but I have this calming thing happening'. So, I was just saying, 'I'm gonna be alright, I'm gonna be alright', and so I wrote a song called 'Alright'. It's all about anxiety and letting it off not letting it defeat. It's a collaboration. I've told that story to the person who is on it or the person who was on it as Meghan Trainor.”
“High On You” featuring Amy Shark
Sam Fischer said, “Wrote this on zoom right at the end of 2021. Sasha Alex Sloan and I were feeling a little burnt out, so we wanted to write a simple love song, nothing over-thought. It turned into one of my favorite songs I've ever been a part of. And a massive hug to Amy Shark for gracing the song with her sweet voice. I'm honoured to be able to call Amy a friend and do this song with her, she's a one of a kind talent, her pen is pure gold and I've been a fan for ages so this is going to be a special time.”
Amy Shark said, “I've been listening to Sam's music for a few years and really loved the song he did with Demi [Lovato] especially. My manager was playing a song in his office, and I heard it from the studio and was like who the hell is that, and he said “it's a Sam Fischer demo that he wants you on”. I didn't even think, I just said yes. The song is epic and I'm proud to add some Shark to it.”
“Second Hand Happiness”
“Second Hand Happiness, turns out time does heal everything, the heart included.”
“Wrote this at one of my lowest moments in the pandemic. Just ask your friends if they're okay, even if they seem it. You never know what someone's going through.”
“Carry It Well”
“Carry It Well is about saying 'yeah I'm fine' when asked if you are, even when you're not. You never know what someone might be going through and I think if the past few years have taught us anything, it's how to mask what we can't describe while feeling intensely what we don't understand. I hope Carry It Well can just let people know they're not alone. It's funny how time works; I wrote this song in 2019 around the rise of 'This City,' and although it's been 3 years, 2 months and 6 days since… this song has never left my mind. If anything, it feels even more appropriate to put it out now.”
Background photo by Ryan Payne
- source : Apple Music