Jamie Cullum has released “Taller,” the title track of his forthcoming studio album. It comes five years after his last full-length, Interlude.
“I wish I was taller,” the English artist belts on the chorus. “I wish I was wiser / So can I stand next to you?” Bold instrumentation, swooping strings and an emphatic backing chorus give the song extra oomph. It all adds up to a strong introduction to Cullum’s eighth studio album.
And if you’re wondering if “Taller” has anything to do with Cullum’s height, you’re not too far off. “Historically there have been jokes about my physical stature and being married to a taller woman,” he said in a statement. “So I wanted to own it and it seemed like a great image to take, one that could be perceived as vulnerability and yet, vulnerability turning out to be a superpower, rather than a weakness.”
Cullum wanted the ten-track record, which he wrote and recorded at the home of his longtime collaborator Troy Miller, “to be about my songs, about my writing,” he said. “I wanted to put aside whether it was a jazz record, whether it was ticking this or that box. The songs would be king and they would be honest.”
Taller is due out June 7 via Blue Note. Listen to the title track here: