Today, following the single “Promise” off his just-announced new EP, art pop project Careful releases their second single, “I had a secret,” in the lead-up to their album, Promise/Practice. Careful is the project of multi-instrumentalist/producer Eric Lindley who returns from a long hiatus (Eric became a father) with news of a new EP due in September.
Eric Lindley wrote about the track:
“‘I had a secret’ is about the contrast between the burden of secrets to the person keeping them, versus the near-irrelevance they have to nearly everyone else. The singer describes a lifetime (many lifetimes?) of shame, cruelty, self-destruction, and hedonism, all because of or in order to bury some secret, and yet is able to acknowledge that in the end, no one else ever cared.
“I wanted the song to feel like a relic recovered long after the singer had gone: the secret doesn’t matter to the listener either, but they can feel how much anguish it must have caused. Cassette tape artifacts, thin bare saxophones, and a warm bed of distortion come together to degrade the otherwise formal songwriting.”