WORDS : ROB KENT
Birmingham’s own Bryony Williams has crafted her latest single “I Can Be”, and since gifting it to the world on July 1st, she has been reaping the success of her art. Her latest single features a combination of nineties emo and modern indie rock to act as a backdrop for Williams to place her honest and heartfelt lyrics on a viewing platform for all to absorb and appreciate. “Lyrically, it’s a little anthem to myself. One day I will be the most untouchable, confident little bryony and then 24 hours later I’ll be questioning everything in my life. It’s a constant battle and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So I hope ‘I Can Be’ acts as an empowering anthem for others too when in conflict with themselves, and if anyone simply wants to air guitar while jumping up and down on their mattress.” Comments the singer-songwriter, highlighting the fact that she is determined for her art to resonate with people in every relevant dynamic. Proving just how versatile her lyrics are and Williams strongly values the emotion of the people processing her art.
I’ve always approached songwriting in the same way. It entails scribbles of lyrics on scrap paper and I never throw anything out (which is a filing system disaster). Then if I’m onto something… pass me the blue tac because it is going straight on my bedroom wall where I can piece things together
An artist producing a single that they are so proud of and seeing such momentum behind their most recent work can cause some reflection to happen when thinking about past releases, Williams comments on this aspect; “This single has me reflect on my past releases quite a lot. It’s definitely a turning point from my past work. Of course, I’m probably always going to write from a personal narrative. But this time around I’m a lot more explicit and storytelling, almost like a slab of raw meat on the kitchen counter, and that’s what it is; confronting yet transformative”.
Once a reasonable display of success is achieved an artist is left with the question and the future entanglement of how they, as an individual, measure success. “I’m kind of in the middle of quizzing myself on this, daily and I don’t think it’s healthy. There are so many ways and that might not match how another artist would answer. I think the one positive way to approach this is to compare where you were a year ago. What have you accomplished since? Does your work make you proud? It all depends on what’s important to you”.
A natural songwriter and musician, Bryony Williams is an individual who is always searching and surrounding herself with inspiration and documenting ideas with every waking moment. “I’ve always approached songwriting in the same way. It entails scribbles of lyrics on scrap paper and I never throw anything out (which is a filing system disaster). Then if I’m onto something… pass me the blue tac because it is going straight on my bedroom wall where I can piece things together. Kind of like detective work. But I feel my songwriting comes to me very naturally”.
The song has found its way into people’s sonic adventures during these uncertain times and has proved itself to be an asset and a key element of the integration of peace and hope that is held within music
Furthermore, she has wrapped her mind around what it takes to stand out in the modern digital age, she also comments openly and honestly about highlighting yourself in the present day, a phrase of advice she has constantly applied to her own work. “Honestly just be yourself. People can tell you how to act, how to look etc. Will it guarantee you “success”? Who knows. Literally, who knows? By being yourself, you are damaging control to your future self if you don’t quite satisfy your own goals. Though obviously you have to make good music. Obviously.”
Releasing “I Can Be” in the heart of global pandemic, although this sounds like not an ideal situation, it has definitely had its benefits. The song has found its way into people’s sonic adventures during these uncertain times and has proved itself to be an asset and a key element of the integration of peace and hope that is held within music. Williams projects her final comments on just why music is a uniting force through all the life has to offer. “Maybe it’s scientific. Like, how the moon controls the sea? Maybe musical vibrations just do something to us all that moves us through the rough seas, to the calm seas. Our hearts are in a constant rhythm, so surely music is a natural unifier?”
Listen to “I Can Be” : http://bryonywilliams.bandcamp.com/track/i-can-be