London singer and songwriter Eliza Shaddad recorded her guttural song “Wars” after performing it at gigs, and hearing it evolve over time in front of a live audience. “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,” she says. “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.”
The song’s video, which we’re premiering here, features Shaddad snaking through a deserted, underground parking lot as the camera swirls and spins around her in a dizzying single take. “It’s a lot like the song itself,” says Shaddad, “a mix of icy calm and chaos, and full of unanswered questions.” Watch it above.