The "Barely Breathing
" singer Duncan Sheik found himself working in musical theater in the '00s, composing music for productions like American Psycho
and Spring Awakening
. But when the pandemic shut down theaters in 2020, he found himself out of action, and like so many affected, did a lot of soul searching.
All that plays out in "There's No Telling," released as a single from his eighth album, Claptrap
. "I was in the middle of a spiritual crisis," he explained. "I just started experimenting - it was very unfocused, and I was almost starting over, learning how to put sounds together in some meaningful way. Once that came into focus, it was like, 'Oh, I'm gonna write a song about my journey into the world of non-duality,' as somebody who's trying to widen the aperture of ways of looking at being a contented, somewhat happy human being in the contemporary world. After I wrote that lyric, I wouldn't say it was easy, but at least there was a path - here's the essence of what this record is going to be about. Now let's go unpack the whole thing."