Loneliness Awareness Week Activities
Solo was written when Jack was at a low point, struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. The song begins with a single piano chord to introduce a heart-breaking vocal that tells the story of someone who appears to be functioning normally, but inside is feeling hollow and disconnected as they go through the motions of daily life. The bar is pretty low, and the sense of powerlessness and invisibility triggers envy for couples living mundane, domestic lives together.
In the second verse, we take onboard a barrage of well-meaning and contradictory advice which concludes with the suggestion that lowering expectations is the only true route to happiness. The instrumental break features a crying acoustic guitar part by Martin Abbott and the final vocal harmonies build to a beautifully dark cry for help before retreating to a quiet, solitary end.