SINGLE REVIEW: Fergus James – Good Man

Following the release of his debut EP ‘All the Colours’, a string of headline shows as well as supporting Meg Mac on her huge sold out Australian tour last year, Fergus James has headed back into the studio with a polished sound ready to be conceptualised into something even bolder than before. 

‘Good Man’ is the singer-songwriter’s first release of 2020 and marks a bold new experimentation with his already well-defined folk inspired pop-rock sonic. 

Teaming up with American producer Frequency (Eminem/Rihanna, Blackbear, Bebe Rehxa, Snoop Dogg) and acclaimed homegrown songwriter Nat Dunn (Charli XCX, Marshmello, Rita Ora, Hayden James), he has delivered a song that hears him heading towards that anthemic and commercial pop-pocket. 

Opening with a moody guitar riff and a prominent hand clap beat, he adds in layers of drums, guitars and synths to give it a gradual growth while creating moments of euphoric release along the way. 

Sonically it feels quite reminiscent to the material that Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran have recently released which adds to the strong commercial potential. 

Reflecting on the perception he has of himself and how that impacts a relationship, the song dives into the doubting feelings of not being enough or the right person to keep something afloat. 

“These thoughts come and go. So I don’t let you know that I’m not feeling like good man. Tell myself I got too much lose. I could never do that to you. I’m just trying to be a good man” he vulnerably confesses during the chorus. 

Thanks to pop polished sonic, this will fit perfectly into his live show and also help create a big singalong moment for him to hone. It’s also a track that could possibly break commercial radio for him as it has hit written all over it.