Photo: Laura Avinent
Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
This week, the British/Spanish genre-chameleon Nadia Sheikh released her mesmerising new single ‘Love Is Undefined’; the second track to be taken from her forthcoming EP ‘Undefined’. Alongside this, she has also lined up a UK tour.
Hot on the heels of ‘IDWK’, which was released to welcome praise from the likes of The Line of Best Fit and Chris Hawkins on BBC 6Music; Nadia’s latest tune was produced and mastered by Brett Shaw, previously of FOALS and Florence and the Machine.
Talking of its release, Nadia Sheikh, who has spent the past twelve months working on perfecting her songwriting and the sound she’s cultivated, said: “Sometimes love just turns into dust.”
“You realise things aren’t working out and you can’t keep on going on but you’re so afraid of hurting the other person that you end up hurting yourself. That’s what I tried to convey in Love Is Undefined. Here I’m at my most honest. It was a very cathartic song to write, a bit scary too as it’s so personal, but it helped me heal and I hope it can help anyone going through the same kind of situation.”
Artwork: Laura Avinent
Sheikh conveys an impeccable ability to combine the powerful, anthemic nature of indie rock with heartfelt, singer-songwriter style lyricism, as well as the hooks of timeless pop sensations. Written between her parents’ house in Spain, where she spent her time in lockdown and her bedroom in London, her forthcoming EP’s four tracks show Sheikh at her most vulnerable.
Candidly and earnestly exploring the relationships in her life and how they can break down, ‘Undefined’ sees Nadia elegantly tap into subjects all can relate to; confronting her troubles with troubles with a dynamic and comforting air of resilience - something her latest single shows off perfectly.
20 October 2021 – The Moon (Cardiff)
21 October 2021 – Jimmy's (Liverpool)
22 October 2021 – Night People (Manchester)
28 October 2021 – The Lending Room (Leeds)
14 November 2021 - The Horn (Bishops Stortford) - Acoustic
11 December 2021 - Speakeasy Vol. 1 Festival, Bucks’ Students Union (High Wycombe)