“All Of Me”
words by tom johnson
photograph by chantal anderson
Kacey Johansing unveiled the lead single to her brand new album with a foreword from Eric Johnson, the guitarist and vocalist of Fruit Bats and recent sideproject Bonny Light Horseman. “I want us all to be in a world where radio truly reigns supreme,” Johnson said then, “and Kacey Johansing’s I Try is blasting through the speakers of our cars.”
If those words alone stir a sense of golden nostalgia, then new song All Of Me only furthers such sentiments, the album’s second single, which is streaming below here from today, drifting by in a haze of gorgeous sepia tones, wrapped in Johansing’s gorgeously crooned vocal. this is no frivolous balladry, however. As with her previous track, All Of Me was informed by Johansing’s own issues with self-love and body positivity.
“All of Me was written in one sitting after an emotional meltdown on a day when I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes,” Johansing says. “It’s a song about self-love, self-acceptance and body positivity. It’s realizing that self-worth is defined by your true inner beauty and not what beauty standards have been projected onto us as women.”
Exquisitely performed and delivered, Johansing delivers her message with gentle grace, the rich but subtle instrumentation, with its shimmer of underlying synths, acting as a honeyed backdrop to the soulful shape her voice takes above; a gentle dance for herself.
“Being a woman with a body that always seems to be sized out and who struggles with physical insecurities, I wrote this in an attempt to finally love my body no matter what,” Johansing continues. “The first time I performed it live I remember feeling so vulnerable—singing about self-love is somehow harder than singing about love for someone else.”
Another decadent, absorbing glimpse into her new work, you can listen to All Of Me below right now. The new album, called No Better Time, is released later this year, arriving on November 20th via Johansing’s own Night Bloom Records.