Ahead of the release of his his idiosyncratic new album, multi-instrumentalist A.S. Fanning – aka Stephen Fanning – has shared his powerful new single and title track You Should Go Mad, out now via Proper Octopus Records.
You Should Go Mad uses foreboding lyricism and layered sonic synth textures throughout, creating an assertively endearing sound as a result. Fanning’s impassioned baritone vocal soars effortlessly across the carefully crafted album, sounding instantly reminiscent of the likes of The National’s Matt Berninger or The Horrors’ Faris Badwin.
Talking about the single, Fanning explains, “‘its is a song about mental illness or ill-health, or more specifically about anxiety. The title came from Moby Dick. There’s a section in it where Ahab is speaking with the blacksmith, Perth. Perth has had a lot of misfortune in his life but is a very stoical person. Ahab tells him ‘I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should’st go mad, blacksmith’. I suppose I found it a funny piece of advice, the idea that madness is somehow a beneficial choice, or preferential to internal turmoil.”
A.S Fanning’s album You Should Go Mad is out on 13th November 2020 via Proper Octopus Records.