Who? Eliza Shaddad.
What? Mega-choruses and melancholic soothsaying.
From where? Scotland.
What’s the story? Eliza Shaddad was raised across seven countries in Europe and Africa by her Sudanese and Scottish parents, so it’s no surprise her music celebrates a menagerie of sonic styles.
As the descendent of a long line of progressive artists and academics dating back to the 1800s, Eliza holds an MPhil in Philosophy, speaks four languages and is a graduate in jazz from the Guildhall School.
She pours this rich heritage and academic nous into her music, which flits from post-rock and indie anthems to low-slung folk and roots, before swooping back around to nineties power-pop. This is outsized balladry at its visceral best.
Over the last four years, she’s released just a clutch of tracks, first the Waters and Run EPs, and now a string of singles lifted from her forthcoming debut LP, Future, which lands on 26 October.
Also during that time, she’s been a nomadic solo musician, toured with jazz group Hansu-Tori, and adventured through pop as a vocalist with Clean Bandit.
Her latest offering, Just Goes To Show, is a real standout – reflecting that cringy nineties’ movie Prom scene right back at you, with personal truths unflinchingly delivered through foggy swathes of vintage guitar.
Outside of her own sounds, the PRS Foundation-support firebrand has co-founded female arts collective Girls Girls Girls with fellow musician Samantha Lindo.
Over the last six years they have built the platform up to empower female-led artistic, musical and poetic projects to perform across the UK, while raising funds for anti-female genital mutilation charity Orchid Project.
With all this going on, it’s no wonder Eliza is only just getting around to releasing her debut album. But if taster tracks White Lines, My Body, This Is My Cue and latest track Just Goes To Show are anything to go by, it’s going to be a cracker.
Sounds like? Eliza’s sounds will tickle fans of The Cranberries, Wolf Alice and Marika Hackman.
Predicted to? Deliver one of the biggest debut albums of 2018.
Must hear? Her cracking latest single Just Goes To Show –
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