Singer-Songwriter Lane Simkins' Bittersweet Single "Fooled" Is A Heartbreaker
Maybe you don’t know the name Lane Simkins yet, but you should. You should be seeing it on acoustic Spotify playlists, hearing it announced on Sirius XM’s station The Coffee House, writing it down in your diary attached to your own initials and bordered with a heart.
The Jersey-based singer-songwriter has just three singles out so far, but they’re all stunners, these heartbreaking ballads fueled by unfiltered emotion. A few days ago, Lane released “Fooled,” a fleeting acoustic track and his best work yet.
“‘Fooled’ tells a part of my story that comes from a really raw place… I had to learn to be honest with myself while writing this song,” Lane told us. “I was coming out of a season of my life where I had just gotten out of a relationship and also felt like a lot of the relationships and friendships around me were a lie. Really I was just angry and started to build a lot of walls up by saying ‘No, I won’t let people in. I won’t let people in because it’s just going to hurt more and I’ll keep playing the fool.’ After coming out of that season, I did learn to let people in and hold people close, but I also learned that it’s important to not let yourself be fooled by the lie that a relationship will bring you 100% satisfaction,” he explains. “I believe we need to learn to take care of ourselves first and then learn to love others well.”
Lane weaves this narrative in “Fooled,” his voice (soft but strong, much like his heart) giving a weight to lines like “I don’t want to be friends,” such a simple statement that says so much. “Fooled” opens with a tender acoustic strum plucking along beneath Lane’s breathy vocals bravely delivering a soul-stripped brand of folk poetry. Shimmers of percussion, an increasingly desperate guitar rhythm, and heart-heavy passion make “Fooled” a beautiful effort from a young emerging talent.