JunkDrawer has released a new sprawling single ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’.
‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’ is the one track on the upcoming debut album, Reay For The House, due out April 24th, where both main lyricists, brothers Stevie and JakeLennox, sing lead vocals – it sets the stage for what is to come on the rest of the album as Jake’s lucid psychedelia combines with Stevie channeling a hysterical, sardonic ‘state of the nation’ internal address that comes in moments of emotional volatility.
Stevie elaborates a little on the origin of the track: “The title comes from the Dunning-Kruger Effect – basically the less you know, the more you think you know, while the more you know, the less you think you know.’
The song also served as an important opportunity to open up on suppressed feelings with unexpressed candor: “It was the first time I wrote with a real purity of intent, allowing myself to let go of the irony, obfuscation, and self-awareness that I felt obscured some of my previous writing, because of my complete loathing of heart-on-sleeve earnestness & sincerity. I was suffering from a lot of communication problems, epilepsy, and brain fog, and I didn’t realize it until afterward but it was an expulsion – as much of the album is”.
This combination of heavy personal, and at times indirectly political, material and the catharsis pushing against this is representative of the record as a whole, and a good direction for the hopeful prism through which the album is best viewed. Amusingly a more light-hearted and altogether more unanticipated inspiration comes in English daytime TV titan Richard Madeley…
“I heard Richard Madeley on the radio talking about his own books – his monologue inspired the closing line (one of my favorites on the record): “The twists and turns, the likes of which you’d find in a Richard Madeley novel.” I decided to read consumer reviews of his novels… it appears we are sleeping on Richard Madeley’s written output. A hulking goliath of a writer in the “holiday reads for dissatisfied spouses” genre, not one of his books has slipped under 4 stars – a hope that we couldn’t hold for our album.”
Listen to What I’ve Learned/ What I’m Learning :