James Bay Shares 'Oh My Messy Mind' EP To Bless Your Rainy Days: Listen

Emily Hope
James Bay

Love is pain, but it's also an endless source of inspiration, and the heartbreak doesn't have to be personal to conjure creativity. Take "Bad," the fan-favorite single from English singer-songwriter James Bay. Released as part of his EP Oh My Messy Mind, it's an instantly likeable breakup song built on lonely acoustic guitar and Bay's angel-in-anguish vocals. The breakup, though, is not his own.

“With 'Bad' and the other songs on the EP, I wanted to be honest about some of my own stories and other stories I was being pulled into," Bay is quoted in a press release. "I regularly write things down in a stream of consciousness to empty my head. Oh My Messy Mind is a line I wrote on a particularly dark day a little while ago. It seemed to reflect a weight that I felt I was carrying at the time, and that comes back now and again. The songwriting that followed was me looking for a release."

"Bad" is one of four rainy-day melodies on Oh My Messy Mind. The EP features previously-released hit "Peer Pressure" with Julia Michaels, as well as the uplifting sing-along "Rescue" and soft-touch piano ballad "Break My Heart Right." The full release comes just before scheduled appearances on The Artist's Den, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and NBC's Today. Fans can also catch Bay opening for Ed Sheeran's summer tour. 

Oh My Messy Mind is out now on Republic Records. Listen to it in full below.