If you’re being creative, conjuring something, where before, there was nothing; if you’re out in the world trying stuff - ideas, relationships, love... in other words... being Brave…. then you're going to get your Heart Broken.
If, when disappointment bites because it hasn't panned out the way you hoped, you don’t stay down but you get up and try again... each time your heartbreak will be New. We salute you, you Brave New Broken Hearts .. welcome to the Club.
'Having founded a charity in 2015 that used one-to-one songwriting and recording sessions to mentor 16-25 year olds and improve and sustain their wellbeing, I thought I’d found ‘my thing-for-life. I had such grand plans for it... for what it could be - how we could include many more creative processes, how we would grow over time to offer the sessions nationally - allowing us to reach and benefit even more young people... it was ambitious. They were five magnificent years - but It didn’t become the thing I had hoped.
I had come into that straight out of a ten year relationship that, as well as navigating the hard things every relationship has to navigate - had long-term, debilitating and emotionally difficult illness to contend with. That too did not become the thing I had hoped.
So many things in life have not become the thing that I hoped they would become ...
These songs therefore come with no expectation attached - they are offered humbly in the hope they may comfort, encourage or move you in some way that helps you ‘connect’ - to yourself... to others.
They came to me over a long period of time but came together as a project as a response to my disappointment and heartbreak and as a way of resisting the pull toward despair. and as a way of helping me deal with my depression. Funnily enough. they came to be for me, what the process had been about, for the young artists I had been working with previously.'
Brave New Broken Hearts Club is the personal music project of North London born Neil Phillimore.