Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza Shaddad is a descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s.
As a vocalist and writer with chart-dominating electronic outfit, Clean Bandit, Eliza appears on their UK ‘Shanty’ and ‘Mozart’s House’ EP’s as well as their debut album, ‘New Eyes’. With Clean Bandit, Shaddad has supported Rudimental, SBTRKT and Mercury Prize-Winners Alt-J, with solo support for the likes of Michael Chapman, Rue Royale and Rhodes.
The stunning, four-track debut EP Waters, has been nurtured over the past year and produced by Mercury Music Prize nominated Chris Bond — the huge talent behind Ben Howard.
Vinyl 12" £5.99 BEATNC00006
12" EP on Beatnik Creative.
CD £4.49 BEATNC00006CD
CD EP on Beatnik Creative.
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- Waters EP by Eliza Shaddad
This is the lassie from Clean Bandit who had some chart hits in the past but I don’t know what a chart is these days now that it includes streaming. Can you get something in the charts by just thinking about the song and humming it to yourself?
This is quite commercial slightly doomy with a descending chord sequence and the sense that someone is about to be killed or at least severely maimed. Although there are echoes of PJ Harvey in the sludgy almost bluesy feel and she has a right powerful set of pipes on her, ‘Waters’ is just a little streamlined for my tastes but ‘When We’ has a bit of the Radiohead rolling guitar thing going on and her voice reminds me a bit of someone who I can’t quite place. This more stripped back approach suits her voice better than the more produced rock of the title track.
Good female troubadour type stuff. An extra mark to the label for keeping it nice and cheap.
8/10 Emyr 15th August 2014
Right. Before I say anything about the actual music I have to accentuate how delightful and pretty the colour of the vinyl is. I won't ruin the surprise, but anyone who buys vinyl will secretly admit that when you buy a nice fat packaged double album with lots of sleeve notes and plenty of colour in the design, you are a little disappointed when you pull the vinyl out and it's just another boring old black disc. If it's a 180 gram then that may curb your blues but really, we all need a little gimmicky colour in our lives. So, now for the music. It's better than good, but not quite a masterpiece. But then again, can an E.P be a masterpiece? Well, whatever it is, this small collection of folky/introspective/confessional songs will make you feel like you are slipping into a warm bath before finally smoking a cigarette after the long, ten year break that hasn't really made you any happier anyway. In short, it will give you twenty mintues of solace which will leave you feeling a little lighter than you did before. So thumbs up for the music and while it might not change your life, it might take you into a different direction. The final track, you for me, will leave you expecting the same kind of uplifting drop into the abyss from other folk/rock artists (which believe me is a fruitless hope for the most part) and you are sure to keep this name stored securely in the back of your music bank for when you need something highly efficient in terms of outcome and result without the painful search for something new which may or may not work. And if this review does sway you towards buying this E.P, please do not insult my efforts by buying the CD. After all, vinyl is always better.
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