Premiere: London’s Campsie Debuts with Intimate Indie Pop Upheaval “I’m Gone”

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UK’s Campsie debuts her solo artistry today with “I’m Gone,” an impassioned indie pop outpouring reckoning with anxiety and isolation.
Stream: “I’m Gone” – Campsie

 


There’s a fresh fire brewing in Connie Campsie, and she’s hell-bent on sharing it with the world. The 22-year-old London-based, Buckinghamshire native has introduced her solo artistry today with “I’m Gone,” a catchy and impassioned indie pop outpouring reckoning with anxiety and isolation.

I'm Gone - Campsie

I’m Gone – Campsie

Dark towns in the light
I lost a load of friends
Going down and taking flight
And sleeping on weekends
I’m terrified by five
So I pretend I’m wasted
She asks me what it feels like
I dry heave on the pavement
It’s like I’m gone

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “I’m Gone,” Campsie’s debut single (independently out today, October 1, 2019). The kind of debut that sticks, “I’m Gone” is a head-turning self-exposure boiling with raw, intimate energies. It’s the perfect introduction for a new artist like Campsie.

The London-based up-and-comer sings from the heart as she expresses fears and self-doubts like they’re coming, one by one, off the tip of her tongue. This recounting ultimately leads to a dramatically impassioned chorus, with a reverb-drenched electric guitar (think The 1975) leading the way into a deeply personal upheaval:

And all of me is wild
I can’t see myself for miles
It’s like I’m gone
I am somewhere in the sound
Can somebody hold me down?
It’s like I’m gone
Campsie © Joshua Onabowu

Campsie © Joshua Onabowu



Campsie © Joshua Onabowu

Campsie © Joshua Onabowu

“I wrote it during that romantic adolescent blur you find yourself in at 17,” Campsie tells Atwood Magazine. “Everything felt theatrical and beautiful and terrifying. The intensity of that time interacted with my anxiety disorder in a way that changed its nature entirely. I wrote “I’m Gone” as a way of figuring out that change. It felt right to have this as my debut release. It’s the first song that I had written that sounded like “me”.”

It feels a bit like I’m tipping my hat to my younger self, finally releasing music for her.

I’m on fire when I remember you didn’t want me
And you’re not here, but you still haunt me
Dark towns growing light
I lost all my friends
I’ve really done it this time
I’m sweaty and sallow faced, yeah
It’s like I’m gone

“I’m Gone” is not a statement of a submission or surrender, but rather one of pure staying power: The young artist makes her entrance into the world one that resolutely clings to the quality of being – embracing our existence to the deepest extent possible. Pulsing drums and ringing guitars ricochet beneath waves of choral “ahhs,” and atop all this swells Campsie’s feverish voice, filled to the tipping point with emphatic, self-affirming emotion – even if that affirmation has to come with the recognition of transience, pain, and mortality.

And all of me is wild
I can’t see myself for miles
It’s like I’m gone
I am somewhere in the sound
Can somebody hold me down?
It’s like I’m gone
As it goes, as it goes
I am breathing as it goes
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done, I’m done
Can someone pick me up?
Can someone pick me up?

Stream Campsie’s debut single exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and do not sleep on this artist!

Stream: “I’m Gone” – Campsie



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