Critically acclaimed Sudanese-Scottish artist Eliza Shaddad returnsto the fore with the release of exquisite new single Blossom, out on 23rd March 2021 via Rosemundy Records/Wow and Flutter & FerryHouse.
Blossom is a love letter to growth, renewal, and hope. A song which perfectly encapsulates that timeless yearning for longer days and the sweet thrill of feeling them begin. Eliza’s crystalline voice flows elegantly and effortlessly through the music, giving us a glimpse of her softer side and reminiscent of the likes of Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling. Born from a burgeoning love of house plants and sixties Sudanese records floating through the house, the accompanying video is an intimate window into Eliza’s past few months.
Recorded at home in Cornwall with producer Ben Jackson Blossom features a beguiling hint of Eliza exploring new soundscapes – delving into classical guitar and gracefully introducing musical elements from her Sudanese heritage; characteristic strings, oud, and a jubilant ululating traditional Sudanese call. This is a tiny taste of the wealth of music to come this year from Eliza; and the beginning of a journey which celebrates the full spread of her musical range and writing prowess, sprawling from the introspective folk-influenced sound of Blossom, to the raw riff-driven epic scope of her cinematic trademark sound.
In 2021 Eliza is set to undertake an ambitious live project with the support of Arts Council England and Jerwood Arts, which builds on a full year of weekly Instagram livestreams and collaborations which have been viewed in excess of 250,000 times. Eliza’s latest single Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, a cover of one of her favourite artists Nina Simone,is currently climbing the charts on iTunes and Shazam, and provides end credits for TV series Behind Her Eyes on Netflix.
Raised across seven countries, Eliza Shaddad is the daughter of a Sudanese astrophysicist and a Scottish diplomat. A multi-linguist with a philosophy degree, Eliza studied Jazz at London’s Guildhall before self-producing her first EP, recorded with Clean Bandit’s Jack Patterson. Eliza has released three EPs and one LP working with independent UK labels Beatnik Creative, Big Indie, and German label FerryHouse Productions and her work has received critical acclaim from The Times, The Independent, The Fader, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, MOJO Magazine, Refinery 29, CMU, Clash, The Skinny, She Shreds and Bandcamp Daily. Radio highlights include support from Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens, and Zane Lowe, and airplay across BBC Radio, Radio X, Absolute, NTS and internationally Apple Music 1, Radio Eins, KCRW and Triple J. Eliza has appeared on ITV News and Sky News this year speaking about the music industry, and featured centrally in Sky Arts’ 2020 documentary Culture Interrupted. Eliza has also previously been included in Spotify’s New Music Friday, Alternative Generation Feelgood/Ultimate Indie, Indie Radar, Van Life, The Stress Buster, Alternative Generation, and Believe the Hype playlists.
Her reputation for powerful live shows has seen her touring extensively, playing dates in the UK, EU, and USA with the likes of Bedouine, Kae Tempest, Lucy Rose, Oh Wonder, Max Jury, Keane and Turin Brakes. She has collaborated with award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou, contemporary jazz group Hansu-Tori, andGrammy-winners Clean Bandit, and is a founding member of ten-year-strong female arts collective Girls Girls Girls, which works to empower women within the arts, and to raise awareness and funding for the anti-female genital mutilation charity Orchid Project.