"I decided to call this record Man of the World for two reasons. First, because as a touring musician and expat I watched the events of the last year unfold from different places and perspectives. Second, because it is about the unsettling feeling of being worried for the world itself. This album is partially about being trapped in my own head, obsessing about things it was too late to change, feeling afraid and guilty and alone. In attempting to process my own reactions I thought a lot about how certain sentiments and emotions can be intoxicating and addictive. One intoxicating sentiment is the idea that political change is a good thing. It can be but it certainly isn't always.
"I believe that this sentiment is a reason why Brexit & Trump happened. It's what the song ‘Vin Mariani' is about. Vin Mariani was a drink made up of red wine and cocaine that was very popular in its day. ‘Out of Tune' is the reverse side of this intoxication: being the one that stirs it, and is empowered by it, for one's own end. If you read the lyrics you'll be able to see it is told from a very specific person's perspective. Part of the disturbing nature of 2016 was being faced with my own complicity in what was transpiring. 'Dangeroue Anamal' is both about my disdain for climate change deniers and my hypocrisy as a meat-eating touring musician who contributes to climate change. ‘Sensitive Guy' is partially about paying taxes to a government that commits violent acts.
"I took a break from recording in the month leading up to the election and drove from California to New York to Texas for the final tour of my first record The Names. The tension I felt while driving the country will stick with me for the rest of my life. I came home to London on Election Day, stayed up to watch the results come in and promptly lost my mind. When my faculties returned I wrote a song called ‘Shame in My Name'. It's partly about my unwillingness to engage with opposing political viewpoints. But it is also essentially the thesis of this album." - Baio