Bryony Williams is an exceptional singer songwriter that deserves global success. I sat down with the songstress to chat dream collaborations, advice she’d give to her younger self and about her latest release.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
To choose one person is HARD. But… Gwen Stefani is has to be. Her 2004 album, Love Angel Music Baby, was insistently spinning on repeat in my CD Walkman as a child. I even have a dance routine to ‘Crash’ LMAO. Anyway, I think this would be an extraordinary collab, so, What You Waiting For?
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
My advise would be to realise your self-worth. Never ever think you are less than anyone. You are one of a kind and THE BEST. So don’t sell yourself short, and if anybody oversteps a boundary, then be sure to let them know about it. *fist emoji*
Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!
Self Esteem – I Do This All The Time
This is just genius and is one of those songs that the more times you listen, the more brilliant it becomes. I think it is definitely a statement piece and shows such honesty, it is as if you are reading someone’s diary. It makes you proud.
Sophia Bel – You’re Not Real You’re Just A Ghost
The chorus of this song is the most fun to sing along to and it is so playful.
It is a track I am jamming to constantly at the moment.
From their album, Anak Yo, which is a must listen to in its complete form, this track lies in my ’Next Record’ playlist. If not for its delicacy, then for the ultra freakin’ cool guitar solo outro. *drooling face emoji + drooling face emoji*
This is my current favourite song to exist. I came home drunk the other night and my mom filmed me dancing in the street to it on repeat. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it is one of those songs that just resonate with your soul. P.S if any of my neighbors are reading this, I hope you enjoyed the show!
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
Over the summer, I’m playing live! With some sporadic headline and support shows, as well as my first time playing in Manchester at No Man’s Land all-day festival! Between this, I think it will be about time to start recording again to work on the next record. Then in November, I’ll be embarking on my second UK tour! More details are soon to come of this, but follow me on BandsInTown.com to keep up-to-date.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
Growing / Fading features two tracks, Little Tree and Silhouette, which act as a A and B singles. They are two totally different songs, with Little Tree expressing the frustrations of internalised pressure; turning us into our own biggest critique and saboteur. When I wrote it in 2019, my inner-monologue was driving me crazy with self-doubt of where my life was heading, with a constant questioning of my meaning in life and need to prove myself to others. This ridiculous type of thinking would appear out of nowhere on a daily basis. Yet, the resolve of the song is a reality check to myself that everything is temporary. So, stop overthinking, enjoy whatever it is you’re doing, and go live life how you want to. There is no rule book.
For the limited lathe cut vinyl run of Growing / Fading, I wanted to create an interlude track that bridged the two singles together. One afternoon, I pulled stems apart from Silhouette and created Tell Me. The quote I use in the interlude is from Mary Oliver’s poem, ‘The Summer Day’, which has been my phone’s background for a year now. I wanted to use something personal to me, which confronts listeners to my way of analysis of the self.
Silhouette instead signifies a broken heart. With the use of droning synth to convey my hurt, I take on a stalker-like approach which is definitely inspired by The Cure – Lullaby. There is still hope within the lyrics, however, the making of the song acts as a personal relinquish, providing myself with closure from a devastated and confused heart.
Inspired by Warpaint’s visual creation of Disco//Very – “Keep It Healthy” on Youtube, it only felt right to create an 8-minute music video that tied all these tracks together. I didn’t do this with the original release, so to be able to fulfill these creative aims for the 2021 re-release in celebration to the vinyl run has let me close this chapter once and for all.
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