“Night On My Mind” is the latest single from Sharky taken from her newly announced upcoming debut album ‘People Are Strange’. Pushing the surreal and ambiguous into the realm of experimental, the LP is the result of shared musical understanding between Sharky and producer/husband Todd Speakman. Named after graffiti on a wall between Cricklewood and Kings Cross, “Night On My Mind” follows previous single “Shark”, which received upfront support from Jess Iszatt (BBC Radio London).
Plunging into a swirling imaginative state from the opening line (“Night on my mind / Want to be rolled out like a carpet / in the aisle of your soul”), “Night On My Mind” grew from a dream Sharky had; walking through and exploring an unfamiliar house, before laying on the carpet in one of the rooms. “It seems tame, but I think the dream had some undertones to it… Because I woke up and wrote these lyrics!” She muses, “I wanted this song to be suitably ambiguous so the listener can really create their own image”. Utilising the musicality of Sharky’s distinctive vocal stylings, Todd Speakman makes her voice the primary instrument of the track. Offset with horns, warped out guitars and saxophone from Alex White (Fat White Family), the smooth layers point to Art Rock Influences including David Byrne and David Bowie.
Featuring both “Shark” and “Night On My Mind”, ‘People Are Strange’ celebrates Sharky’s ability as a lyricist to reflect on playful, personal, and poignant themes with a sense of humour and openness to all people, places, and aspects of life. The album takes its name from a photograph Sharky took in Paris when she was 18 and the subsequent dream she had about revisiting this place – brought to life by @everyonesfavourite. While reflecting on her own growth and the signposts that have marked this journey, Sharky’s writing allows space for interpretation and reflections. The LP follows previous releases “Hawaii”, “Cause and Effect” and the “Fruit” EP, which garnered support from Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne, Jamz Supernova, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 4.