Ben Howard has previewed his forthcoming new album with a glitchy new single, ‘Sorry Kid’.
The single is the latest effort to be released from the acclaimed British singer-songwriter’s upcoming fourth studio album, Collections From The Whiteout. The album arrives on March 26th through Island Records. The new project was announced earlier this year by Howard, accompanied by the lead single, ‘What A Day’, followed shortly by the heartbreaking ‘Crowhurst’s Meme’, ‘Far Out’ and ‘Follie’s Fixture’.
The singer-songwriter premiered the track on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record. ‘Sorry Kid’ is loosely based on Anna Sorokin’s story, ‘The Fake Heiress’, whose story has already been a hit-podcast and is currently being made into a Netflix series. She recently left prison after being imprisoned in the US in 2019 after fraudulently pretending to be a billionaire heiress.
On the opening verse, Howard sings: “Fake it, Take the cash and all the jewels, The world was made for only you, Take it if you will, To be a magpie in the safe, Sure must be a tempting place, And now they let you in, Not crawling ’round on all fours, The art shows, the marble floors, Take care of yourself, See we all must be amused, That’s why we make the rules.”
“‘Sorry Kid’ is roughly about something, but it’s roughly about nothing as well,” Howard explained to Mac and referred to his new album as “just a collection of songs” rather than talking it up as a profound body of work.
“People are really searching for meanings of things, but perhaps now is a really nice time to just have a moment where we play music that maybe represents a feeling rather than a bespoke meaning,” he added.
Check out ‘Sorry Kid’, below.