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Euan Blackman’s ‘HIGHHIGHHIGH’ Could Not Be More Sobering

By Cynthia Gross

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In contrast to his previous single, “Sinking,” Liverpool-England-based folk-rock artist Euan Blackman’s latest single “HIGHHIGHHIGH” transports audiences upward to a higher level of consciousness. The poignant, evocative track serves as yet another reminder of why Blackman’s music continues to attract the attention of industry heavyweights, including Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.

Blackman describes “HIGHHIGHHIGH” as “very much an inward, introspective song.” “It touches on feelings of isolation, loneliness, and I guess, anxiety. Despite this, I try to portray a more hopeful sentiment in the middle 8 section. The idea that whatever happens, you can pull through it,” he adds.

“Well, we’ve never been more connected on earth they say/ But I’ve never felt more alone in every way,” Blackman sings in the song’s opening lines – perfectly capturing the sentiment of feeling lonely while being surrounded by people.

The song’s memorable chorus “I get high / When I wanna forget sometimes” reveals Blackman’s coping mechanism. The matter-a-fact delivery of the line suggests Blackman is comfortable in his vulnerability. Refreshingly, he normalizes honesty and effectively offers it as something utterly human.

Musically, “HIGHHIGHHIGH” displays some of Blackman’s trademarks: wistful acoustic guitar, airy vocals, and dreamy pads. When paired with the distinct elements, including a foot-tapping beat and mandolin, the melancholy song somehow feels uplifting and life-affirming. Blackman’s growing body of work demonstrates the power of a minimalist approach and low-key energy that stands in its power rather than attempting to compete with the mainstream.

When asked his secret for creating a quality sound when self-producing his music, Blackman shared, “My advice would be to listen to the sort of music you like to create and try to figure out how they achieve the different sounds. Even try replicating a record note for note, instrument for instrument.” “HIGHHIGHHIGH” was mixed by Blackman’s good friend, Charlie Braddick.

Fans of Bruce Springsteen and Sam Fender will identify with Euan Blackman’s expert ability to transform somewhat negative subject matter and reshape it to inspire a sanguine response. The rising talent has been praised by growing outlets, including BBC and Radio 1.

With his spellbinding, magical sound, Blackman offers a clarity of focus in “HIGHHIGHHIGH” that could not be more sobering in the best of ways. Stay tuned for Euan Blackman’s forthcoming EP, Grateful For The Moments Spent Alone.

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Cynthia Gross

Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.

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