“Run now before you lose everything / Go now before you do”
After releasing a couple of captivating teasers, Eliza Shaddad has released the title track of her upcoming EP, Run. The Sudanese/Scottish artist has a long family history of artistic talent, and she is prepared to take the mantle with the craft of music.
Moodier than her previous pieces, Shaddad shows off her classic singer/songwriter touch with Run. It’s an acoustically-driven track that is focused on lyrical content with real heart and soul. There isn’t much needed beyond a voice and an instrument, and in turn, the production on this song is very much minimalist. On another level, though, it still sets itself up to be a dance-worthy live song. The beat begins to get more elaborate as the song comes to a head, but never usurps Shaddad’s voice, which is truly being showcased here. The technique successfully creates a tension that can be heard and felt.
One of the best touches is a suitably dramatic drum bit, with perfect accents to the song in just the right amount. It creates a sense of power in the song that has been building up for the duration of it. Of course, this is all reliant on Shaddad’s warm voice that acts as a channel of expression. It is well-suited to the deep, climatic tone of Run and carries its emotional weight.