Contour releases “The Fool.” This is the second single off of his upcoming debut album Softer. For those not yet hip on the album and Contour, check out this post on the lead single “I’ll Be.”
Now that we are all on the same page about Contour and his rebirth, on to “The Fool.” The song confirms two suspicions I had based off the lead single. The first, which I am a little sad about, is that this project will not find Contour spitting any verses. I know he didn’t rap on “I’ll Be” but part of me was holding onto hope. But again, with the voice he has, it would be a shame for him not to sing. The reason this makes me a little sad is because all the connections I have are with hip hop publications. While I can post anything I want here, my other outlets may not welcome this divergence. Even so, this genre is more approachable and universally appreciated. So I suspect he will figure it out. And the blogs that matter will welcome him no matter what.
The second suspicion confirmed is that Softer promises to be a tale of Love. Or, at least, it will be malleable enough for me to interpret it as such. Softer is shrouded in obscurity making it misguided to say it is about any one thing. Evidence of the project’s formlessness is en route. I wrote an article for The Place For Things that argued “I’ll Be” found Contour in dialogue with Khari. Unfortunately, TPFT’s site is down so it not yet published. But I am self-serving and will argue here that Softer is about Love so I can feature him in our LOVEP series.
What’s most interesting within this interpretation is that the narrator is fictitious. The lyrics suggest the narrative follows a Love beyond Contour’s years. One with children and second lives.
“A door is closing, it’s open
Inside a second life, inside my second life
I never lied to the children”
I read these lines as the words of a spouse who has a second lover. While he feels remorse he also reasons he’s innocent as he never lied to the children. But this implies he did lie to someone. And these lies are closing a door. This door is not yet closed, though. This places the narrator at a crossroads between his two lives. The narrator both acknowledges his wrongs and defends. This speaks to the uncertainty of right and wrong within our heads.
Running with this interpretation, I see the next bit of the song as directed at the spouse. The narrator explains that he does not think the story of their love has reached its end:
“when I see you I see you
when I see you I see something unfinished”
So then it’s a done deal, he will choose the road his family is on. Not so much. The rest of the song addresses the lover he knows in his second life. While he wants to see it through with his family, he expresses hope that his lover will be there when it ends:
“Would you wait for me
Would you wait at all”
And that’s where the narrative ends. The narrator brings the listener into the limbo he inhabits. Then he leaves us as confused and uncertain as he is. Perhaps the narrator will make his decision in later releases. Or maybe it will remain ambiguous until decided by indecision.
Also, this tweet surfaced last week suggesting the trailer was more than an album teaser.
Yesterday was the last day of shooting for Softer. This project is coming together better than we ever imagined. Get ready. pic.twitter.com/wgH9vLnLwG
— John Peters 🤠 (@blerd_) January 23, 2017