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Max Norton - Nothing In This World (self-released)

28 June 2024

It seems only natural that after years of seeing the world from the drum stool, Max Norton would opt to shift to a more centre-stage stance. Realising that he wanted a musical outlet for his own thoughts and ideas, he recorded the EP Each One Is A Movie playing all the instruments himself. The five tracks that make up this collection have been slowly fed out, one by one, as singles in their own right. “Nothing In The World” is the last of these releases.

Someone told him that the world needed a love song, so this is it. Like all of his songs, it is full of optimism, hope, positivity, and, of course, love. And although, depending on how you interpret things, it could be seen as a standard love song, listen more closely, and you realise that it is a metaphysical love song for the world itself—not in the eco-tree-hugging-knit-your-own-yoghurt kind of way, but one that anthropomorphises this world we call home and sweetly serenades it as if it were, not just a person but a lover.

It’s a cool, understated indie anthem, built of simple musical lines and grounded, as one would expect, in a solid drum beat, as well as clean-limbed guitar lines, and a vocal delivery that means every word that it says.