Nearly five years ago, UK singer and songwriter Joe Hicks released his first single after making a name for himself as a session guitarist. The track was a hit, and Joe soon became an artist to put on your radar, receiving extensive radio play across the UK, a feature with CLASH, and support from BBC Introducing. From there, Joe continued to get his name out there, making appearances at festivals like CarFest and Pub in the Park, opening for artists like Sam Fender and James Walsh, and finding continuous support from BBC Introducing. As he prepares for the release of his upcoming album, The Best I Could Do at the Time, Joe is giving fans a new single from the project.
A radiant single for the summer, “Out of My Mind” blends Joe’s folk and pop influences into an infectious track filled with sun-soaked melodies and riffs. Its warm production does well to offset some of the melancholy dips of the lyrics, as Joe looks back on a relationship gone awry. With his lighthearted vocals, Joe sings, “Our love is a distant haze, from an / Unfamiliar other world away” and asks “Won’t you fade away?” Still, there is a tangible hope that comes through, as Joe ends the track with, “Time to wipe the slate and feel brand new.” You can check it out in the live performance video below.
Telling us more about “Out of My Mind,” Joe explains,
“There’s a tendency for major key ideas like this to end up too sickly sweet and ultimately ditched, but this time around, that didn’t materialize. I think the trick was keeping the production very organic, as well as including some negative aspects of the narrative to contrast with the musical feel. Lyrically, it’s about the optimism of finally getting over someone, being able to look back at the arc of the relationship knowing you’ve left it behind, and then ride off into the sunset with a brand new outlook on life.”
You can listen to “Out of My Mind” on platforms like SoundCloud, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Joe’s new album, The Best I Could Do at the Time, will be released September 23. You can pre-save it here.