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Joy Crookes returns with first song from debut album "Feet Don't Fail Me Now"

17 June 2021, 12:27 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Joy Crookes is back with her first new release in over a year, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now", will apparently appear as the first song on her upcoming debut album.

"Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is Crookes' first new material since "Anyone But Me" that arrived in April 2020, and follows last September's cover of The Wannadies' "You & Me Song".

The new song was recorded in London, and features production from Blue May (Kano, Blood Orange).

Crookes says of the single, "This song is one of the most complicated songs I've ever written (in a good way). The track carries with it a deep sense of irony, it's written from the perspective of someone who finds it easier to remain complicit out of a fear of being cancelled. During the social and political turmoil of the last 12 months, performative behaviour has become prevalent alongside cancel culture. These two reactions I think are often intertwined as cancel culture can be a response to half hearted performatism."

"In some sense you can sympathise with the perspective I'm singing from because cancel culture is scary, as is re-educating yourself and challenging your friends and families," Crookes continues. "Ultimately I hope the song encourages people to be a bit braver, whilst the themes are clear in my head the chorus is universal - 'man I guess I was scared, feet don't fail me now, I got to stand my ground and though I'm down for trying, I am better in denial so I hush don't make a sound'. Open up a dialogue, speak out, make mistakes - that's okay and that's how progress happens."

Joy Crookes' "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" single is out now on Insanity.
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