It’s been a while since we last heard from Los Angeles-based artist Shallou, but this week he brings forth arguably one of his most impressive releases to date in the emphatic ‘Heartaches’, a minimalistic composition that packs a serious punch with its deepened grooves and soothing melodies bringing your mind at ease with its calming manner.
Co-written with Elderbrook, ‘Heartaches’ centres itself around the elevating guitars coupling with the heavenly pianos to set the light-hearted foundations in tact before Shallou‘s majestic vocals float effortlessly above the mix. It doesn’t take long for the electronic/dance influence to make its presence felt, with the playful groove bubbling in the backdrop before charging forth into the highly engaging chorus where the synth bass comes to the party to enforce the lively tempo into place for a much deserved dance bracket.
“Lockdown made me nostalgic for the ‘Souls-era’ music I made like ‘You and Me’ and ‘Lie.’ The track started out as simple guitar chords and my voice chopped up, but soon grew into a dance track full of longing about experiencing the passions of love during a hard time. I messaged Elderbrook about writing for a track, and he sent over an excellent catchy verse that I built the rest of the lyrics around. I’ve been loving singing on my tracks lately so will definitely continue at that direction. I’m really happy to reintroduce myself to the world with all the personal growth I’ve achieved the last year, and my ability to synthesize my past catalogue into a fresh but familiar direction.” – Shallou