I Forget Where We Were

Album: I Forget Where We Were (2014)
Charted: 54
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track of Ben Howard's second album. The record was produced by Howard and his drummer Chris Bond at Start Point Farm Studios, Devon. Howard explained to DIY magazine the set's title was influenced by themes that arose in the wake of his first LP. "It's kind of about being aware of what is current and what is now after spending so much time in the music world," he said. "No-one really has a clue what's going on musically or anything like that really, and it's only with hindsight that you start to realize what has happened and what were the definitive moments in your life or in what's going on around you."

    "That was one side of it, but the other was my complete lack of understanding for anything over the winter," Howard continued. "I struggled with a lot of stuff and just sort of lost my mind a little bit, so it felt like a fitting title and a kind of glimpse of madness."
  • At 04:41, this is one of the shorter songs on the disc. Speaking to XFM's Danielle Perry, Howard said that the decision to record longer songs for his sophomore release prompted a minor crisis of confidence. "I didn't think too much about it. Then there were times when I thought WAY too much about it. I was kind of supremely confident then racked with indecision for the whole the winter. The whole record's really skitty and undecided - it feels like I've kind of lost my brain a bit!"

    "All the songs are really long, it might just get tiring for people!," he added. "I'll probably do a short pop record next time. But it seemed like the right thing to do."
  • The video co-stars illustrator Tatiana Kartomten and artist Danny Fox spending a day at a surreal beach. It finds Howard making his debut as a video director. He told The Sun: "I'm a perfectionist and when I have a vision or idea. It's hard to explain it to someone else. That's why I decided to make the video myself."

    "I needed to match the visuals in my head to the music," Howard added. "I see images when I play and they form photographs in my mind."

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