Loyle Carner continues to boldly and bravely explore new dimensions, not only in his music but also in his personal history, on the track “Georgetown.” This track follows on from the searing and critically acclaimed single “Hate.”
Carner goes beyond the joyful infectiousness of his Top 3 album Not Waving, But Drowning to confront with intense, laserlike concentration the societal fractures and injustices he sees forming around him on both a global and personal level. This is similar to what he did with the song “Hate.” The end result is the visceral exploration known as “Georgetown,” which is fueled by white-hot fury, fear, and rage. It is a reflection of the terrain that it maps, which is a place of isolation, loss, confusion, danger, inventiveness, and resistance.
Carner uses his new tune, which was produced by Madlib, a hip-hop producer who is internationally recognized and globally loved, to reflect on the ways in which his mixed-race background has affected his life experiences and his career as a musician. In addition, the film “Georgetown” begins and ends with a snippet of the poem “Half-caste,” which was sung and written by the Guyanese poet John Agard.
“John Agard’s poem ‘Half-caste’ had a heavy impact on me. To see someone who was older, that looked like me, sharing a reflection of a similar lived experience made me feel comfortable or proud to not fit in,” Loyle Carner shares. “It kinda gave me the permission to finally write explicitly about being mixed. There’s so much beauty in the gaps in-between, and in some ways this song touches on that.”
Watch Loyle Carner’s music video for “Georgetown” below.