Eighties singing legend Limahl is back with a brand new solo single in 8 years. Still In Love was released in June, which is also celebration of his 40 years in the business, an incredible achievement. Limahl spoke with The Fountain about the new single as well as his plans for 2020.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Still In Love?
Overwhelming to be honest. After all these years in the business and the way society is kind of a bit ageist, I thought no one would give two hoots BUT there’s been almost universal praise. 25,000+ YouTube views of the music video in the first two weeks. Journalists and broadcasters keep using very complimentary words like ‘icon’, ’legend’ oh and veteran – maybe veteran is just a polite word for old lol ??
TF: How would you sum up the track?
Hmm . . . that’s a tricky one. Lyrically a brutally honest point of view from the protagonist who is lamenting his unrequited love. Musically it’s a bit dark and sultry but strangely, feels hopeful and uplifting in the chorus. Maybe listen with caution lol, don’t listen to this track if you’re hurting at the moment coz people have actually said on social media that it made them cry. Is that a good endorsement ? I’m gonna go with yes on that one.
TF: Who did you look to for influences with this track?
I didn’t look to anyone or anything per se. I have Spotify and listen to all sorts but I’m probably always driven by old school lyrics/melody that I grew up listening to like Motown & the The Sound Of Philadelphia record labels. R&B pop/soul might cover it I suppose. I also listen to a lot of jazz so that probably has a subconscious influence. I like to collaborate musically coz it’s more fun and less solitary. Besides, different people bring a different energy to the creative table so to speak. Miro Markus a musician from Berlin worked with me on this track and this was our first outing which we’re both pretty pleased with.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Ah the sixty four thousand dollar question – post Covid plans! I had a diary full of gigs/festivals this year, which have all been postponed to 2021. Hopefully by this time next year there’ll be a vaccine roll out and we can all start kissing strangers again ?. Seriously though, I’m working on more music and hoping to put the dulcet tones to good work in the studio and live.