Andrew Cushin’s new single, both produced by and featuring the infamously revered Noel Gallagher, is sublime. Slow and soft, Cushin’s vocals are silky smooth; until suddenly they become thunderously powerful. Where’s My Family Gone spells truly big things to come for the Newcastle lad.
At only 20 years of age, having two brilliant singles under your belt is incredible; his debut single, It’s Gonna Get Better, is an emotive anthem of hope and resilience, while sophomore release Waiting for the Rain, five years in the making, is heartbreakingly poignant. That’s on top of selling out Newcastle venue The Cluny before releasing any music whatsoever, and more recently a support slot with Two Door Cinema Club. Releasing your third single, then, is certainly an impressive achievement in any capacity. A third single that has both been produced by and features the inimitable Noel Gallagher, however, is a true cut above. Of course, that isn’t to take away from Andrew; instead, it reflects a true talent. A talent distinct enough to get such a name not only interested but praising his "great natural voice" (after hearing a demo for Waiting for the Rain) – and nowhere does that become clearer than on Where’s My Family Gone.
The chorus is haunting, with Cushin’s broken vocals calling over almost psychedelic guitars and jazzy drum beats, while the verses are a more gentle affair, the calm before the storm, with Andrew exploring his own sense of isolation. "I can’t take much more of this", he admits, during the chorus, a repeated admission, as if on the verge of breaking down.
Written in a hotel room in Leeds before a gig – back when gigs were a thing, if you can remember that far back – it became a way to express himself. “I wrote Where’s My Family Gone when I was in a dark place” explains Andrew. “I hadn’t been speaking to my family, or friends.’ It would be easy, then, for the song to have ended up as a despondent ballad, with soulfully, unremittingly smothering cries over haunting piano – and indeed, it started off that way, or at least a much darker iteration. According to Andrew, then, it was the production that Noel brought that "pushed the track" to be "so much bigger and more uplifting."