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Elia draws on uni experiences for new track

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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Elia draws on uni experiences for new track

A DUMFRIES singer-songwriter is excited to release a new track today.

Elia Davidson has unveiled her new single Driftwood digitally.

The song is about Elia experiencing insomnia after moving away from home and starting university in Edinburgh.

The 20-year-old said: “The song is about the sleepless nights and anxieties caused by the changes in life and not being able to shut off.

“I hope that anyone, young or old, who has suffered with anxiety will be able to relate to it.”

She managed to record the song and the rest of the tracks on her forthcoming EP before lockdown with Dave Miller at Circa 16 in Dumfries.

She added: “We managed to get most of the initial recording part done just before lockdown hit but a lot of the production work was undertaken remotely.

“Dave’s just brilliant at what he does and made the whole process as straightforward as possible.”

The former St Joesph’s College pupil, who also plays guitar and piano, released a self-titled debut EP four years ago. In the years afterwards Elia – who enjoyed gigging locally and also toured with Creative Scotland’s Hit The Road project – has never found it easy to categorise her music.

She said: “I guess it’s really indie/folk. I’ve grown up listening to a whole range of stuff. From more mainstream artists like Taylor Swift, Neil Young, Springsteen, Carole King and Phoebe Bridgers, to more obscure Americana and Scottish bands.

“I guess they’ve all had an influence on my music to a greater or lesser extent. I’d like to think that it’s reflective, honest and intimate but that’s for others to judge.

“Unfortunately it doesn’t look likely that live music will be returning anytime soon, It’s exciting to get some new music out there and I just hope as many people as possible take a moment to listen to this song and the rest of the EP when it is released in the autumn and enjoy it.”

The song will be available on Itunes, Apple Music and Spotify by searching ‘Elia Davidson, Driftwood’.

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