J. Smith – I’m Sorry
A dynamic vocality, addictive chord progression and lingering hook, all crafted around a deeply personal tale.
J. Smith, the former lead singer of the Dublin band ‘Gypsies On The Autobahn’, is releasing his debut solo single titled ‘I’m Sorry’ on February 16th. After the breakup of the band, Smith decided to spread his own wings and take his musical career solo, leading things off with this heartbreaking tune.
While the song is mostly guitar-based, it has some stylistic features reminiscent of slow R&B. The steady, consistent chord progression is well-paced and frankly addictive to listen to. Falsetto vocals by the Smith drive the song along, further enforcing the R&B/Pop vibes. The odd keys peppered throughout the song adds more texture and flavour towards the mid to late sections.
The song swells to a climax, featuring strong backing vocals, more aggressive guitar sounds and a more active piano part that harkens back to improvised jazz clubs.
“I’m Sorry was written for a friend years ago. They had recently broken up with their long-term partner out of the blue and they felt they couldn’t deal with it. I got a call soon after, telling of their despair and that they had talked themselves out of doing something regrettable. The song was a hand on their shoulder, to let them know that I was thinking of them, that I was trying to place myself in their shoes.”
‘I’m Sorry’ is clearly a deeply personal and heartfelt song that has been masterfully crafted. The emotions are beautifully portrayed, driving the listener to empathy. It’s crafted in such a way as to talk to the listener in comfort as if Smith is talking to the friend of his.
The piece shows much of Smith’s experience in writing and performing, skills he has crafted since he was 16 years old. The recording was created back in the summer of 2019 when Smith assembled his musician friends Dylan Lynch, Donagh Seaver O’Leary (Soda Blonde) and Daniel Smith (Gypsies on the Autobahn). They recorded six tracks in one day in the DIT Conservatory. After Adding vocals by Naoise Fitzgerald’s (Nnic) later and mixing to completion, the end result is this beautiful song that would be well placed on the radio waves.