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Thought-provoking rapper/singer-songwriter Lang Wild (aka Tom Dingwall) drops his brand new single, Can’t Make You Love Me, taken from his new upcoming EP entitled Think No More (out Friday 17th July). The track is a jaunty, folky affair with profound and shiny guitar work, refreshing splashes of piano on the chorus and an Elliot Smith feel to the vocals, which switches to an attention-grabbing, reverberating rap on the middle-eight. It’s a song that demonstrates the increasing maturity and craftsmanship in Lang Wild’s music. 

Here, Tom tells us about what inspired the track…

I recorded the song in late 2019 at Broadwater Studios with my now long term producer, Paul Worthington. Musically, we decided a minimalist approach to the instrumentation would suit the vibe of the song perfectly. I wrote and recorded it on a 12 string guitar to try and channel a more “Beatlesy” sorta sound. I’d say it’s definitely the most accessible song I’ve done so far.

Lyrically, it’s about letting go of caring about what other people may think of you. It can be detrimental to your long term happiness if you constantly obsess over how you’re perceived by people who mostly hold no relevance in your day-to-day life. I think it’s weird how much we can sometimes care about the opinions of strangers and people within online communities etc. I guess this song is my own acknowledgement of the fact you can’t make everyone love you, so you may as well do what makes you happy.

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