Over two years since ‘The Sound Experiment 2’ was released, ‘Broke’ encourages and signals a prosperous future for Henshaw.
With a beat reminiscent of Bruno Mars’s ‘The Lazy Song’, the track paints the pain of most millennials in our immediate climate; full of creative spirit and dreams taller than inner-city buildings, yet with little to no funds to even lay the foundations. Samm portrays a difficult situation with a partner by retelling how ‘it’s been a week from Hell, I lost my job at Five Guys’, pointing out only a line or two later ‘who gets the sack from Five Guys?’.
The ability to shoot truth bombs through a rainbow is oddly comforting and is just the nonchalant, whimsical attitude to melancholy we’ve grown to expect and anticipate from Henshaw. The track is accompanied by a lyric video, which features a casually-dressed Henshaw wandering about his unkempt apartment in sweats, reminiscing and daydreaming. It’s a remarkably accurate reflection of all of us at one point, too stressed to relax and yet lacking the motivation to change. An essential time for any artist, it depicts the cocoon-like stasis we endure on the cusp of a life-changing idea. Which makes us feel less guilty for ordering that third-night-in-a-row Dominos and going straight to Amazon Prime when we feel we’ve completed Netflix.
With an impressive touring history already under his belt, including stints with James Bay, Tori Kelly and Chance the Rapper, Samm’s already got a solid grip on 2018; a sold-out homecoming show at Horton Hall and an explosive set at The Great Escape Festival to name but a couple. He’s just announced a date at London’s famed Scala on Pentonville Road on October 30th; a stones’ throw from Kings Cross Station, you’d be forgiven for thinking Henshaw is trying to channel the board game Monopoly to change his luck.
Already praised by the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Mistajam, something tells me he just might soon be getting around the board faster than he might think, though.
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Words by James Hawkridge