Singled Out: Cartel
I've had the lyric "I'm a bit overwhelmed. Some may call it uninspired..." in my head for at least 4 years at this point. As a songwriter, little "nuggets" of songs come like an epiphany and then you spend the rest of your time trying to figure out how to make the rest of the song live up to how good you think that "nugget" or "embryo" is. It's truly a painstaking task. That's what writing Uninspired was like. I had the riff and a demo to sing the melody to but I had no clear direction other than what the initial lyric laid out. It was only when we came down to recording that I finally grasped a clear picture of what I wanted to convey lyrically.
The song is about coming to the end of the road creatively. That is to say, at some point, every artists feels like they've drained the well or the resource for the creative juices that lead to uninhibited expression. I had sort of hit a brick wall in knowing what to write about when it came to Cartel. So, I decided to write the most honest song I could about what it's like being in a band that has seen and done it all. The vulnerability that is exhibited in this song is unparalleled in the rest of Cartel's body of work. Thus, once I wrote "...so what is there left to do when someone's so young and admired?", I had found the appropriate way forward.
This has turned into one of our favorite songs we've ever done and I think that's evident when listening to the track. We put our all into this entire record and we're happy to have released Uninspired to the world and see them enjoy it as much as we do.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!