Toronto, ON-based singer-songwriter, troubadour, and softly sweeping lyrical mastermind, Joseph Brooks Organ has released his new single, “Make Sure You Know”. The single comes from his latest offering, Lovelorn, which is a follow-up to his debut EP, Tape which was released in 2013.
As he recalls,
“[This album was] recorded by nine different musicians all in their own apartments due to self-isolation protocol,” adding, “Lovelorn is a product of the pandemic, and a testament to the will to go on creating whatever the impediments to that process may be.”
A collection of love songs, chronicling the protagonist’s struggles, triumphs, steadiness, and readiness, Lovelorn qualifies the notion of love and why it’s worth falling into at all.
“The album has a narrative arc which describes the loss of love in its many stages,” explains Organs. “The title track ‘Lovelorn’ depicts the subject now completely removed from love, watching other couples feel it, but unable to access the feeling himself.”
“The final track ‘Nosong’ has our narrator reconciled to his loss of love, albeit in a complicated sort of way. Zooming out, he becomes philosophical in his asceticism, pondering the abstract and illusory nature of concepts like love and life.”
The single, “Make Sure You Know” is a simply sophisticated ode of honesty. Our hero acknowledges that “love can sometimes slip away,” despite not understanding why.
But armed with this awareness, he promises his lover that she will be the first one to be made aware so they can walk away peacefully and without anger, resentment, or hurt. Organs’ finds magic in delivering a song so rich in beautiful, seemingly happy melodies, but yet, so alarmingly sad in its sorrowful lyrics. This fair weather approach to the reality of potential heartbreak is equally blunt as it is subtle in its hope that circumventing hurt is at all possible.
Check out “Make Sure You Know” below, and stay up to date with Joseph Brooks Organ via his socials.
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