Gallant has always appeared to embrace his individuality and promote uniqueness. With the release of his surprise new single, “Haha No One Can Hear You,” the Grammy-nominated vocalist addresses the trap that unaware or easily influenced artists and people can conform to in the superficial lifestyle of glitz and glamour.
The soulful singer/songwriter is readying the release of his anticipated sophomore album, This Does Not Fit. Led by the single “Doesn’t Matter,” the LP is a narrative on his experience, one filled with the pressures of what it means to be a “black artist” in today’s landscape. As urban music moves to the forefront of American culture, so does the lifestyle that surrounds it. For Gallant, his interests lie less in the clubs and more in the process of creating.
In “Haha No One Can Hear You!”, he pokes fun at the lifestyle with lyrics like “do you wanna see what life’s like on the outside of your inner-circle baby? Get drunk and get some money.” The tongue in cheek perspective is balanced with a self-reflective nature we’ve all come to know him from. “Cause even when the world calls out your name, you answer from a padded room” – a depiction of his inner turmoil. Gallant has come to terms with the fact that he doesn’t fit. And he’s celebrating it.
Balancing vulnerability and vitality as well as sentimentality and seduction, Gallant proved himself to be an iconoclastic presence in today’s R&B.
This coming October, the crooner will kick off his “Too Good To Be Tour” in Atlanta (10/8) followed by shows in New York, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and more.