by Samantha Mae
Smooth vocals croon over a delicate melody, with a heavy dose of bass, resulting in the ultimate chill-out bedroom pop track. ‘Second Time’ is unveiled today, as part of an ongoing series from Bruno Major, in which a new track is released each month, recorded in his North London flat. Its lo-fi tone makes for something relaxing, soulful and perhaps a little romantic, even if not entirely conventionally.
‘Second Time’ was originally written by Jonny Lattimer, but never released, so having heard it for himself and falling in love, Major set out to do so himself.
“As a songwriter, I have the privilege of hearing lots of unreleased music – some of which, for whatever reason, never gets released. There is so much art sitting on laptops right now that may never see the light of day,” Bruno explains. “Jonny Lattimer’s ‘Second Time’ was influential on me and remains one of my favourite songs ever, by anyone. It is a crime that the world has never heard it, so I am honoured to have Jonny’s blessing to be the first artist to record it. I hope it brings you as much joy as it has brought to me.”
The thing that stands out the most is how the warm melody is at times juxtaposed with lyrics of pain and heartache. When listening to this track you’ll be lulled into a false sense of security – you’ll believe that this is just a love song. Except it’s not a lovey dovey, everything coming up roses anthem, but a real perspective on real love. The line “Now i’m so impatient to adore you” screams pure romance, while the following line “I crashed my car last night”, changes the tone almost immediately. It could be a romantic metaphor, it could be entirely literal – it’s up to you. That’s the plain beauty of a delightful number that may not have even seen the light of day if it wasn’t for Bruno Major.
As well as a new track each month, Major is continuing with his monthly residency shows, based on the phases of the Moon, with the next show happening on April 28th. Full dates below.
28/04 – Growing Moon @ Zigfrid von Underbelly
26/05 – Flower Moon @ Zigfrid von Underbelly
30/06 – Honey Moon @ Zigrid von Underbelly
Major has also been confirmed for this year’s Latitude festival (15th July) alongside Mumford and Sons, Jack Garratt Lemon Twigs, Declan McKenna and Maggie Rogers.