NASHVILLE, TENN. – Musician and actor David Cook released the second single “Strange World” today from his forthcoming EP due in February 2021 and available for pre-order along with other EP-centric exclusives at newproject.DavidCookOfficial.com.
As David explains, “’Strange World’ is really my homage to this year. Staring out of the windows at the world outside, feeling disconnected from it, and trying to find those moments that would normally exist outside, inside.”
David spoke exclusively to Popculture.com, who premiered the single earlier this week, about the message which he hopes “fans will take [‘Strange World’] for something of their own amid this time of uncertainty.” Popculture.com is hosting an exclusive acoustic performance of the single today.
“Strange World’ is really my homage to this year. Staring out of the windows at the world outside, feeling disconnected from it, and trying to find those moments that would normally exist outside, inside.“
It follows the first single “Reds Turn Blue” released this summer, a reference to the manic highs (reds) and lows (blues) of anxiety, something David has struggled to cover come since his Season Seven win on American Idol. As David explained to People.com: “This song became a therapeutic process for me, as a way to personify my anxiety and make it something other than me — which in an odd way has helped me navigate my relationship with it.”
To capture that struggle, David worked with artist Justin A. Nixon to create a visual that was, “sci-fi and sinister” but left open-ended to represent “that constant battle between anxiety and myself.” The video premiered on Popwrapped.
“Reds Turn Blue” and “Strange World” are the first new music David has released since 2018’s EP Chromance. That same year, Cook made his Broadway debut in “Kinky Boots” as Charlie Price. “I’ve had conversations about finding creative outlets outside of being a musician, but the timing was never right. I love the collaborative aspect of theatre, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night.”