BARNOLDSWICK Indie/rock solo artist James Parkinson has just launched his new single and video on digital and streaming platforms.

Titled, Humble, the song has a deep message about moving on after death whilst remembering and learning from the past.

“I wrote the lyrics whilst painting my study last year,” he explained.

“I had been playing lots of my record collection and thinking about the way decorating and changing things feels like fresh starts but also presents a sense of melancholy and bringing up the past.

“Humble explores the confusion of living life and progressing whilst dealing with an overwhelming sense of melancholy and loss.

“My dad unfortunately died very suddenly at age 67 in 2017 on stage at Bands on the Square in Barnoldswick while I was performing with him.

“After he died, I bought my parents old house which they lived in for 25 years, as I did until I was 19. Losing a parent young has undoubtedly made me aware of my own mortality to an almost heightened sense.

“It can feel very strange and confusing at times owning something that once belonged to a parent, particularly when they are gone. It also got me thinking about all those lives that have lived in one house.

“I have dedicated the video to my Grandad Bob who was a Japanese prisoner of war from 1941 to 1945. He was a very kind and humble man which is incredible to think he survived such harrowing and horrific conditions and also forgave the people who brought him so much pain.

“My four year old son , Leo, who mostly features in the video, explores many of the places I spent my childhood. One of the locations, Ghyll Church, is where both my dad and his parents are buried. I think it’s a very beautiful thing when you mix the innocent with the humbling experience of walking through a graveyard of all those lives lost.”

He adds that parts of the video were shot in Skipton Woods and in East Marton.

“It shows you the true beauty of the area we live in,” he said.

His last single ‘The Haunted’, was launched in May and James said he was thrilled with its critical success.

He has previously had support from the likes of BBC Radio Lancashire, Louder Than War, Reyt Good Music Magazine and even members of New Order for his understated cover of ‘Age Of Consent’.

Humble was written around the strong guitar and bass hook, taking cues from the likes of R.E.M, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, War on Drugs and Ryan Adams.

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