ASFTD #220: Eliza Shaddad – Wars

Who is she?:

Eliza Shaddad is a descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s. Eliza’s great great grandfather was James Paterson, one of the Glasgow Boys – a group of artists challenging the style and subject of late Victorian Scottish painting. She has one EP to her name and has a second on the way.

What does the track sound like?:

The track marks an exceptional change of sound for Shaddad.  Listen to this track and then go back to the original EP for comparison. It only took its first listen for me to know that I wanted to post about it, and so here it is.

When is the next release?:

The Run EP will be released in early 2016. It follows on from the Waters EP that was released in 2014.

Where can you see her?:

There are no dates confirmed at the moment, but expect to see some around the release of the new EP.

Why should you listen to it? (the PR bit):

‘Wars’ builds on songs from the ‘Waters’ EP (which has notched up nearly 400k streams on Spotify since its release in summer 2014) with a much fiercer overall sound. Whilst also harnessing elegant, nimble and bitter-sweet characteristics, ‘Wars’ washes over full of conviction and flashes of vitriol.

Mercury Music Prize nominated Chris Bond is once again at the helm of the production but is joined by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice/Foals) on mixing duties and John Davis (Blur/FKA Twigs/Royal Blood) on mastering giving the record a grittier and more expansive sound.

“Wars is the gateway to this whole release, it was the first song written for the EP, and the first sign of this more brutal sound. We were playing it live as a band and it was getting louder and grungier and crashier each time and it felt so good that when it came to recording I just wanted it to kind of implode. Lyrically it’s about fighting to hold something in, and I think musically we’ve created something that really supports that – ethereal, almost eerily controlled vocals gliding over a bed of increasingly rolling turmoil. Best unleashed loud.” – Eliza Shaddad

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