A helpless submission to love, Tim Chadwick’s euphoric “Weakness” embraces intimate vulnerability as the risk we must take for a far greater reward.
Is there really a thing as too much of a good thing?
To fall in love is to surrender part of yourself to someone else, and it’s as beautiful as it is terrifying. They can crush us, if they wanted to; they could send us down to the bitter depths, the darkest places where we dare not dwell. They can also lift us up, taking higher than we’ve ever gone before; higher than we ever knew possible. A helpless submission to love, Tim Chadwick’s euphoric “Weakness” embraces intimate vulnerability as the risk we must take for a far greater reward.
When you lay by yourself
Tell me do you,
Ever think of me.
Lately I feel so unstable
Take a good look at what you’ve done to me
Listen: “Weakness” – Tim Chadwick
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Weakness,” the latest single from Irish rising star Tim Chadwick. Signed to Sony Ireland, 26-year-old Chadwick boasts a powerfully emotive voice, yet it’s his equally strong songwriting and lyrical capabilities that have thrust him so quickly into the spotlight. Emerging as a folk pop-leaning singer/songwriter with 2017’s debut Early Days EP, he found mainstream success at home that radiated around the UK – his EP topped 4 million plays on Spotify, and single “Blindfolded” found plenty of favor on radio.
For Chadwick, the past year has been spent touring, listening, writing, and growing, and “Weakness” is the first manifestation of that transformation. “There is a big change in the sound this time around,” he says, referring to the track’s full-throttle indulgence of pop melody and bubbling guitars, “but the content has and will always remain the same: Personal and honest experiences.”
I can’t hide from it (hide from it)
So I just ride with it (ride with it)
Cause it keeps me alive
“This songs delves into the realisation that someone has a certain hold over you (in the best possible way) and vice versa,” Chadwick tells Atwood Magazine. “The ease to which you can finally ‘let go’ with someone is something of a spectacle and a celebration. Weaknesses are often looked upon negatively because they are perceived as a lack of strength. But some ‘weaknesses’ we stay with because they are what give us strength. Being at total ease and your total self with someone is somewhat of a new thing for me, so writing this song was extremely liberating.”
Being at total ease and your total self with someone is somewhat of a new thing for me, so writing this song was extremely liberating.
We are not in control when our hearts are in someone else’s hands – and for a species used to domination and power, the thought of such powerlessness goes against the fibers of our very beings. And yet, love isn’t a human invention; it’s a natural part of life, and magnificent phenomenon we have little say over. Chadwick celebrates this foreign feeling in an impassioned chorus swelling with bright keys and effervescent energies:
You are my weakness
And I, hate to admit it
’cause now I’ve got no secrets left
You love leaving me sleepless
Now I, think I could quit any time
But I just don’t want to yet
He may sound a little more mainstream than he did a year ago, but that’s just part of the process of finding one’s voice. “Weakness” is undoubtedly 100% Tim Chadwick through and through, a sincere outpouring from a humbled man exploring love’s nether reaches for the very first time.
“Is there really a thing as too much of a good thing? I can’t get enough,” Chadwick sings in the bridge/breakdown, dazzled by the emotions that have taken over. At the very end, he comes back to this idea: “I don’t think I can ever get enough of you.” A mature, multi-faceted love song, “Weakness” is as much about someone else’s impact on our lives, as it is about coming to terms with what goes on inside ourselves: Learning to feel free, to open up, and to let love in.
Tim Chadwick, we don’t think we can ever get enough of you.
Stream “Weakness” exclusively on Atwood Magazine! The single is out everywhere this Friday, May 4, 2018!
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