ORIGINALLY FEATURED ON THE NEW EP: ‘UNDEFINED’ – OUT NOW
Nadia Sheikh will be releasing two strikingly different versions of her acclaimed recent singles “IDWK” and “Love Is Undefined” over the coming weeks.
Officially released on the 10th February and 10th March respectively, the new releases see Sheikh stripping the tracks down to their barest of bones and uncovering haunting new depths beneath. While “Love Is Undefined” is transformed into a plaintive piano-piece reminiscent of Agnes Obel’s brittle balladry; its ‘Undefined’ EP counterpart “IDWK” finds a new identity as a lovelorn lullaby to still the soul.
Speaking about how the acoustic versions came to be, Nadia Sheikh explains:
I always try to add at least one acoustic track to my EPs as it brings things back to where they started but also shows a different side of a song, focusing on the songwriting and giving it a different mood/feel. So for “Undefined” I decided I wanted to follow up the release with two acoustic versions, one for “IDWK” and one for “Love Is Undefined”.”
The two acoustic tracks were also recorded at 123 Studios in London with Brett Shaw, parallel to the sessions for the original ‘Undefined’ EP, which is out now.
Tipped by key tastemaker names including The Line of Best Fit, Clash, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Radio X, Fresh On The Net & many more; Nadia Sheikh has earned a reputation for her ability to combine powerful, anthemic indie-rock with heartfelt, singer-songwriter style lyricism.
Supporting the Stereophonics on an extensive tour which saw her performing in some of the biggest arenas in the UK and Europe, Sheikh went on to complete a UK headline tour of her own in support of her latest EP: ‘Undefined’. Featuring the singles: ‘Deep Waters’, ‘IDWK’ and ‘Love Is Undefined’, the EP was produced & mastered by Brett Shaw (FOALS, Florence and the Machine).
Written between her joint bases of London and Spain over a 12 month period, the ‘Undefined’ EP is a candid and earnest exploration of relationships that have defined her life and how they can break down. While the EP features a fleshed-out sound courtesy of her band Rowan Davies (bass) and George Gardiner (drums), Sheikh’s upcoming acoustic releases are a purely solo effort that see an artist showcasing her natural abilities in raw, unfiltered form.
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.