Listen to the track below!
Australian singer Sheldon Riley has delivered his new single, Again. Co-written by Riley and producer Cyrus Villanueva, the track continues the singers exploration of avant-garde sonics and lyrical introspection. Conceptually, the track explores the juxtaposition of feeling guilt within your own happiness and the lure of self-sabotage.
Speaking of the track, Riley details, “Again is about recognising self sabotage. I’m an artist who writes music about resolving pain, finding strength and confessing heart-ache. I wrote this song at a time where everything was going so great. I was working on myself, putting hurt behind me and found myself on a supported path where for the first time in a long time I felt a sense of control.”
“It was at that moment that I realised I’m actually very uncomfortable living in my own happiness, almost like I felt guilt in feeling so happy. I recognised that as someone who has quite the history of being let down, I had created my own comfort in expecting things won’t go right and to never trust the possibility that happiness could be sustained,” he continues. “Ultimately not trusting people, expecting I’ll be let down and things going wrong again and again now is a result of me sabotaging myself and my own happiness. Recognising that self sabotage and self torment is one of my greatest demons. I wrote this song as a confession, almost as I dive into exactly why.. why I put myself into this spiral and what stops me from changing.”
In 2018, Riley earned a place in the grand finale of The Voice, returning the following year as an all-star contestant. Since then, the singer has become one of the most streamed and viewed contestants in The Voice Australia history, with Riley receiving an invitation to on America’s Got Talent 2020 where he wowed judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell. The singer released his debut single, More Than I, last year, with the promise of a string of singles throughout 2021.
Left Broken is out now! Read our interview with Sheldon Riley here.