ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
SOMETHING TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT
OUT 27TH NOVEMBER
Will Joseph Cook announces details of his long awaited second album Something To Feel Good About, out on 27th November via Bad Hotel. To celebrate the announcement, Will has also shared the album’s sunny title track with an accompanying video, shot and directed by Will himself in lockdown.
About making the video for his new single, Will says: “So many relationships had to morph into long distance ones this year, even for those who lived in the same city. Video calling and text was everything, the thing we looked forward to the most and probably the only thing keeping us sane. ‘Something To Feel Good About’ fitted all those emotions so perfectly, so my girlfriend and I were just having fun reflecting our experience into this super phone-themed video.
We used the most iconic fonts from Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat for all the text. It felt cool for the whole video to exist in phone land, even in the edit. Even all the footage was just sent back and forth through WhatsApp. Making it cheered us up a lot, so I’m hoping people relate and feel what we felt when they watch it.”
Something To Feel Good About, is the gloriously off-kilter indie-pop follow-up to Will’s 2017’s critically-acclaimed debut Sweet Dreamer. While Sweet Dreamer was the soundtrack to a fairly carefree teenage life, album two, written and recorded in LA after a difficult few months, charts the life of a 21-year-old trying to figure it all out. “One of the themes of the record is living an optimistic and loving lifestyle in the shadow of either something big and existential that everyone’s feeling, or just personal worries you’re struggling with,” he explains.
In many ways a sense of searching for answers forms the heart of Something To Feel Good About, in a way that continues Cook’s passion for idiosyncratic pop melodies but underscores it all with real heart. Despite its joyous exteriors, every song on this album is underscored with a melancholic gratitude, highlighting just how fragile good times can be.
“I can communicate with music better than I did before,” Will says. “I knew what sounded good, and what I liked to do melodically, but then in terms of something with an emotional connection, that’s happened more on this album. Releasing through my own label Bad Hotel has also been really exciting, it’s definitely opened a lot of doors to more creativity and self-expression.”