Set in the dark trenches of solitude, this powerful, introspective song follows the intertwined destinies of two brothers – one alive, the other just about breathing.
Here in ‘Bad Water’ lies one of Sam Smith’s most personal and visceral records, where he explores some of his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love and the consequences of self-destructive behavior. Inspired by Ryan Adams’ ‘Love is Hell’ album, Springsteen’s ‘Tunnel of Love’, “American” era Johnny Cash & Mark Lanegan’s cover of Solitaire by Neil Sedaka, ‘Bad Water’ presents another insight into the mind of Manchester’s Sam Smith.
The B-Side, a version of Irish folk song ‘The Moonshiner’ was inspired by Uncle Tupelo’s cover of the same song and provides accompaniment to the overall theme of the release.
The first record Sam Smith has released under his birth name since 2013’s ‘From Heathens to Devils’, ‘Bad Water’ it is the precursor to the upcoming album by his new band ‘The Parish Church Fire’ (due late 2017). Buy it, don’t stream it.
released January 27, 2017
Bad Water written and recorded in January 2017 by Samuel Frankie James Smith