William Harries Graham’s Your “Confidant”
Onetime ATX prodigy unpacks love on new single, EP, and video
By Kevin Curtin,
10:40AM, Mon. Dec. 14, 2020
“It’s a long way down, you know, to get to the bottom of the story,” sings William Harries Graham on “Confidant,” the first single from the singer-scion’s forthcoming EP, St. Claire.
The two-minute tune, riding an easygoing rhythm and an effervescent guitar signature, feels like an invitation to pour a cup of coffee and unpack your psyche. Graham’s voice – broken, thoughtful, intimate – guides that conversation toward a breakthrough: pinpointing that which keeps you from falling in love.
“Oh to fall in love,” intones the refrain. “To fall, to fall, to fall, to fall.”
Ever think about that funny phraseology? We only “fall” in love. That implies it’s something accidental, involuntary, startling.
“The entire EP grapples with the concept of love and what that can mean in a relationship,” says Graham. “This came down to the question of the different types of love you can feel for someone and how conflicting those can be. These meditations come out in the songs all across the EP, but it’s glaringly apparent in songs like ‘Confidant,’ which addresses love and the emotions of being with someone.”
St. Claire, the followup to his 2019 full-length Jakes, arrives January 15. Graham previews the upcoming release with a video for “Confidant,” which documents the recording of the EP with David Goodrich, Johnny Goudie, Einar Pederson, and Chris Searles at the Bubble with Chris “Frenchie” Smith. The frontman describes the thought behind the sessions purely as “to make music with the people I love.”