Rochdale songwriter Morgan Harper-Jones has announced her new EP While You Lay Sound Asleep, due out March 4th on Play It Again Sam. Alongside the EP announcement, Morgan shares the newest gorgeous track “Want Me,” produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode) and recorded with members of the new wave jazz group, Ezra Collective.
The EP is a collection of songs that pair Morgan’s knack for emotional rawness with experimental flourishes of strings and darker explorations. Having recently shared “All I Do,” “Lonely,” and “Tell Me That You Miss Me”, today Morgan unveils “Want Me”, co-written with Adele collaborator Eg White.
Shares Morgan on the single, “‘Want Me’ details the ways in which we change ourselves: [It’s] the idea of being a jigsaw piece and trying to push yourself into this hole. But you don’t need to abandon yourself to be chosen by somebody, and if you do… they’re not your person.”
“I was actually super angry when I wrote ‘Want Me’. I felt like I was getting loads of things wrong and disappointing people. Romantically, I’d go on a couple dates with someone, feel a connection and then as they got to know me more they were incredibly disappointed to find out that I was a human with flaws. Even outside of romantic situations I felt like I was disappointing people for not being what they thought I “should” be. And trying to be their version of me wasn’t fun.”
On the video, she says, “It was the director Dylan’s wonderful idea to use a split-screen, and with the song being about different versions of oneself it kind of became a way to show that. It’s a bit weird and I love it, I won’t say anymore…”