Alternative folk-pop singer/songwriter Sam Winston has revealed a new single ‘Damaged Goods’. The song is his first release in four years, marking a shift in direction from his debut album ’The Fire and The Icicle’ in 2016.
The song was written last year before the pandemic hit, at a time when Sam was going through a real personal struggle, and completed during the first national lockdown. Despite self-producing all his music out of the studio he built, and writing enough songs to fill multiple albums, Sam found himself often finessing his work and unable to find the point when his songs were finished, leading to his break from releasing music. The stresses of self-production and various personal issues mounted. They began to present themselves with physical symptoms, which led to Sam losing his voice. “‘Damaged Goods’ is about losing what I believe was part of my core, and trying to rebuild it. It’s from a place of real vulnerability for me. It came from letting go and being ok with the possibility of being in a state of anxiety, recognising that I was to some degree suffering and that I wanted to make a change. It’s an honest commitment.”Then when lockdown hit, the song took on a whole new meaning. “It occurred to me that these themes of self sabotage and trying to break free are now going to resonate with so many different people, all going through similar things but different in their own way” said Sam. “I wasn’t even thinking about releasing this a month ago, it all came together so quickly. Last year the song was mostly about my own personal struggles and the pain I was in; where I felt like I was losing my voice, getting in my own way being my own producer, treading water. Then this year shone a whole new light on the song, and I could see how it could relate to other people’s pain, and there was my reason to get it out”