Twenty-three year old Kwesi Foraes, a folk-soul singer-songwriter, grew up in Long Beach California where he submersed himself early on into the music scene studying, folk, rock n roll, and blues. Foraes spent years experimenting with different music styles and bands. But after a surge of 3 family deaths all within a year, Foraes faced a hard internal battle while struggling to overcome his personal demons that almost took his own life. Foraes, at a point with few options of release, searched for an escape & sense of truth in his music and found it like never before in darkest and most raw pockets of folk, expressing himself at the most vulnerable and visceral levels, embracing all truth and confronting all ills head on. Writing in trances of personal experiences and vivid encounters with spirits of his past, Foraes dedicated the last 4 years to bringing a perspective that is rooted far beyond just the music.
From the NPR write-up of “Heroin”:
“On his promising debut EP, 27, Foraes hems and howls like a blues singer caught between epiphany and defeat. He shows remarkable restraint throughout, clipping phrases with heartbroken yips, but his vocal performance on the folk-rocker “Heroin” is a downward spiral of desperation. Tugged and pulled by sad-bastard string arrangements out of a Black Heart Procession album, Foraes allows himself catharsis only at the chorus, yelling in the midst of withdrawal, “And I know it’s crazy, but the feeling’s so right, ’cause I want your love by the end of the night / And it feels so good when the feeling’s so wrong, and I want you bad when you’re already gone.”
The Long Beach, Calif., singer-songwriter tells NPR that “Heroin” was originally inspired by the “symbolic death of a long-term relationship,” but that the song became a way to silence his demons:
“During the writing and production process, it spawned into a whole lot more, with me venting about a deeper issue regarding multiple family relationships and actual deaths. I was so angry with myself and them because I was so used to/addicted to those people and their presence in such a way where I felt somewhat soulless without them. I just wanted another chance to make things right.
I learned that the effects on the brain from heroin use and addiction factually mirror the same part of the brain when it comes to love. I’ve been through some horrible times with people I love, times I wish I could take back, things I wish I never said, things I wish I could’ve said, promises that were never kept.
Most of these people aren’t alive anymore and I just realized that things would never be the same and they would never be coming back. It was the hardest pill to swallow for me. I realized I lost myself and my soul just wasn’t connected to anything – it was the lowest time in my life, but also the realest time in my life as well. I never got a chance to mourn or deal with these issues until the making of this song. This song is definitely a captured moment of remorse, anger, confusion, acceptance, and my inner demons being somewhat put to rest all at the same time.”
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