Amy’s new album doesn’t dwell on lockdown (Image: Roger Decker)
When you’re on the lookout for an instance of a robust lady within the music business immediately, how about one who can truly, actually, bodily carry her personal husband?
‘I might simply squat carry him on my again,’ laughs Amy Macdonald from her house simply north of Glasgow, the place she is slumped on a settee in a hoodie. ‘However we’ve not likely had these conversations about whether or not he’d like me to.’
In relation to one of many nation’s best singer-songwriters, the fabric could also be delicate and considerate – and by no means extra so than on the brand new album, The Human Calls for – however there’s actual power behind it.
‘I’m fairly muscular and really sturdy for a feminine,’ she goes on, explaining that she’s been coaching with a champion power-lifter and that the set-up of weights she has in her storage stored her sane throughout lockdown.
‘I feel there’s one thing actually empowering about being sturdy, bodily. That’s what I attempt for. It’s not likely an aesthetic factor, it’s about feeling sturdy and succesful.’
Now in her third decade within the music business – ‘I signed my first contract in 2006, which appears mad’ – Amy is comfortable that the brand new album was all written earlier than lockdown and, aside from the lockdown-based monitor she launched on YouTube – has nothing to do with the present scenario.
Amy shall be occurring tour in April 2021 (Image: Alamy Inventory Photograph)
‘I hope that this time subsequent yr nobody’s going to be fascinated by an album a couple of lockdown,’ she says, including that planning a tour for the center of subsequent yr has helped by giving her one thing to give attention to, even when she has missed leaping within the automotive to hold along with her mum and pa.
‘I hope it’s simply gone and prior to now so I don’t need to write about that. I attempted to not write loads throughout this era, to be trustworthy. I get inspiration from life and dwelling and I really feel nobody’s actually doing that now.’
What did encourage the album had been some mates who had been coping with despair, even earlier than Covid, and the way it made Amy realise that generally we undergo dangerous instances as a result of we’re all so arduous on ourselves.
‘It simply acquired me desirous about life and the way we put such ridiculous calls for on ourselves and one another,’ she says. ‘We really feel like we’ve acquired to be up right here on a regular basis, we really feel that now we have to be accessible 24/7 and all the pieces should occur now.’
Not that Amy isn’t very content material herself, one thing she places right down to getting older, being extra reflective and being settled down.
‘I acquired married a couple of years in the past and that modified my view on life,’ she says of being hitched to skilled footballer Richard Foster, who performs for Scottish League One aspect Partick Thistle.
‘I realised what the issues I ought to spend extra time worrying about had been and the issues I shouldn’t fear a lot about. Having that modified my outlook.’ The truth that she’s now 33 in an business that tends to be all about ladies of their early twenties can be one thing she’s very conscious of.
‘I’m not outdated by any means however in music business phrases I’m,’ she says. ‘It’s all the time the brilliant new younger factor… It may be tough whenever you begin getting older in sure industries as a girl. Girls are inclined to get judged loads on how they appear, their age.’
Her video for brand new single Loopy Shade Of Blue definitely rebels towards the thought, and is a stripped-back affair, with Amy in a T-shirt and tied-back hair.
She provides: ‘I strive to not play that recreation however sadly it nonetheless appears to be the world we reside in. Girls have to leap by a couple of additional hoops to get to the place they need to be and that appears all the time to have been the best way.’
So, being married to a footballer, does she take into account herself a WAG? I ask the query tentatively, hoping she realises it’s a joke. ‘I don’t base my relationship decisions on what my husband does for a dwelling,’ she says, not outraged, however not laughing. ‘It has by no means been something about that.’
However she will get it, including: ‘Additionally I’m the breadwinner so positively not a WAG!’
Amy Macdonald’s new album, The Human Calls for, is out now. Her European tour kicks off in Belgium in April 2021 and involves the UK the next month, amymacdonald.co.uk