After storming onto the scene more than ten years ago and unleashing the enormous singles ‘Too Close’, ‘Crazy To Love You’, ‘Treading Water’ and his Don Diablo collaboration ‘Heaven To Me’, songs that would all go onto garnered tens of millions of streams each, Alex Clare has now returned after a five-year hiatus to deliver his enormous comeback single ‘Why Don’t Ya’.
This is my first time hearing Alex Clare’s music and let me tell you. What a powerhouse! His voice is amazing!
Speaking about the track, Alex said:
“It captures the numbness that a lot of people get from not being able to express themselves or feel properly because everything is just such a mess. That frustration is something a lot of people can relate to at the moment. I hope so.”
Hear it below
You can also check out the song’s official video.
It’s nine years since Clare had a huge global hit with Too Close, one of those songs so inescapable it seems to define its year – the kind of song you hear in motorway service stations and in cafes and in shops for months on end; the kind that burns itself indelibly into your consciousness – and five since he last released an album of new songs, Tail of Lions. It’s not that he stopped writing music in that time; he wrote plenty. It was just that he wasn’t writing with hits in mind. He was writing snippets of songs, and recording them in his home studio. He was recording what was on his mind, not what he expected the world to want.
“I was writing not for pleasure, but for expression,” he says. “Sometimes it can be quite painful. Performing songs you have written can be painful. A lot of the songs I have written come from a very personal place, and when you perform them it’s not a cathartic experience – you just relive the mindset you were in when you created that piece.”