John Myrtle has shared his latest track “How Can You Tell If You Love Her?” an infectious anthem embracing his own anxieties surrounding love. Myrtle also announced the upcoming release of his debut album Myrtle Soup on June 18 via Sad Club Records.
Myrtle shares about the new single saying, “I guess the song is about being sure of the relationship you’re in – you can never really be certain you’re doing the right thing, you’ve just got to trust yourself. It’s not like you can get a tape measure or complete a questionnaire to tell you if what you’re doing is right This was the first song I had written since I had moved to London. I remember feeling quite alone when writing it, and just really unsure about all the decisions I had made up until that point.”
“I had just broken up with a long term girlfriend who I had partly moved to London to be with, and I had just begun seeing someone who told me she only wanted a casual type of thing going. I remember feeling like everyone I had known always seemed to doubt love in some way, and I wrote the lyrics to this song with that in mind. I was unsure of what the future held for me, and I felt like singing this song was quite cathartic, at least it screamed out that I wanted certainty in my life and answers!”
The video was done by the Bristol-based power duo Marie Dutton and Benjamin Saunders. It was shot near where John grew up in the model village of Bournville in Birmingham which was originally designed for Cadbury’s workers.
“We thought it’d be sweet to do it there, quite literally, as I grew up nearby and so it felt very much like I was ‘coming home’ in a way. We could smell chocolate whilst we filmed as the Cadbury factory is directly opposite, so it was a pleasure for the senses making this video – and I hope it’s a pleasure for yours too!”
About his debut album, he says, “I wanted to name the mini-album something that would reflect my whole writing and recording process. In lockdown, writing and recording from home was amplified even more – just doing everything at home was the only thing you could do. Before I would write and record, then leave my house and go have fun. It was obviously quite a distressing time for everyone, and so I wanted a name that was homely but also soothing and reassuring.”
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