Ahead of his upcoming sophomore EP, Patterns, London-based songsmith Attawalpa offers up the thought-provoking, downtempo cut, "Please Take Care," with a little help from his friend and fellow Londoner, Misty Miller.
As the world slowly but surely reemerges from the darkness cast by the events of 2020, a lot of us are running on fumes, and this track arrives as a soothing, and contemplative reminder to not lose sight of ourselves as we do. "'Please Take Care' is a song about being kind to yourself," Attawalpa explains in an email statement. "It touches upon the endless pursuit of stable mental health, along with the acceptance that our demons and crutches are immobilising assholes."
Whilst not directly influenced by the circumstances at large, it carries a timely and timeless message that extends from Attawalpa's overall ethos. Rather than craft forgettable throwaway tracks that pioneer off trends for attention, he looks to craft memorable music that stays with you, and "Please Take Care" is the perfect introduction to this. Citing inspiration from icons that span the decades, Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders, Attawalpa's colourful homogeny syphons bulletproof aesthetics through his uniquely contemporary lens, crafting a sound unequivocally his own.
A cold synth and steadfast rhythm lay the foundation for his smoky tones to introduce the introspective narrative, with his melodious, almost stream of consciousness style of delivery leaving you hanging off each thoughtfully placed word. Further synth textures and almost western guitar licks undulate around him as he goes, a stepping stone into the enchanting chorus which subverts the darker tones of the verses. Forthright in its efforts, the chorus' simplistic approach makes it all the more memorable, with Misty Miller embellishing the already lush soundscape with shimmering harmonies.
Continuing in the same statement, Attawalpa concludes that, "it's about a few people/situations, including my own experiences during a period of reflection on feeling numb for most of my life. This song and its accompanying video mean a whole lot to me. Birthing this song into the world with my collaborators marked a turn into more honest and open writing - and a more honest and open self."