words by Alessandro Miglietta
photography by Kevin Alexander
Some songs just don´t leave your mind anymore. Like the new single by Fusilier, a project by Brooklyn based, Atlanta born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Blake Fusilier. Two years after his debut EP, he’s back with a new track titled “Upstream” which is out via Brassland (the label ran by National members Bryce and Aaron Dessner) and shows his warm and embracing vocals.
Having spent much of 2019 wrestling with depression he explains: ‘Upstream’ is ‘a song for the next day.’ I decided it’s okay to enjoy the taste of eggs in the morning, and to have nothing else to smile about. It’s okay to treat the streetlamp like the sun when you need light at 3am. I’ll find light.”
He continues: “I have this theory that if people knew who we really were in their minds, we probably would all have a lot more respect for one another. This applies to everyone: friends and acquaintances and bandmates. I think it’s our duty to ourselves to make sure that those around us have a chance to allow others to see our glorious, true selves. I finally feel like I’m beginning to live by those words. The songs I’m wrapping up have been floating around for years. I had been anticipating the moment when people could actually hear even 20 seconds of my potential.”