As time goes by these days, many pop songs seems to get louder and louder – Songstress Sian Cross newest single “Gave Away” isn’t an exception to that trend. With loud and explosive bass effects in the background blends with the Cross ethereal vocals in such a magnificent way that will get you plugged in and replaying the track over and over.
About the song, Sian comments:
Gave Away is about purpose, tells the true story of one women’s struggle for self worth. She was on a downward spiral of self-destruction until the birth of her first child saved her from herself. Being a mother gave her purpose, in her words “she wanted to be a mother that her son could look up to and be proud of.” The unconditional love she has for her child gave her a reason to love herself.
Musically I wanted the track to display the contrast between the world of sex, drugs and drink and the total transformation of becoming a mother. The hard beat, dirty bass and sultry vocal make up the bulk of the track, cut off by a sparse ethereal middle eight with layers of vocal harmonies that crescendo into an explosion of the two representing the not so smooth but ultimate transition between the worlds. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs ‘Love and Belonging’ is the third tier and is one of the most vital human needs:
“The emotional reaction at its peak experience has a special flavor of wonder, of awe, of reverence, of humility and surrender before the experience as before something great.” -Abraham Maslow
With heart-stopping tales and spine-tingling vocals, the West Country born and bred singer/songwriter Sian Cross returns with more haunting melodies and dirty beats. She’s already won nods of approval with airplay from BBC Radio 6Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley as well as embarking on a hectic festival and touring schedule, supporting artists including Mercury Prize nominated Barry Adamson, Lisbee Stainton, Paul Carrack and BBC’s The Naked Choir winners Sons of Pitches.
Now, the songstress is back with new single ‘Gave Away’ from her highly anticipated second EP, ‘Catalyst’. It’s a heady, intense listen, featuring grinding synth beats, a sultry sway, and commanding yet genuine vocals. With carefully crafted power, punch and poignancy, reminiscent of Alice Merton and CAT and the dirty drops of Elohim, it’s the perfect balance of intimacy and inner strength.
Sian Cross is renowned for singing about the things that matter. This EP is no different. It tells a set of compelling true stories, each one based on first-hand accounts from the songs’ subjects. From an expectant mother escaping addiction (as told in ‘Gave Away’ itself), to a widower dealing with Alzheimer’s, each song allows a different voice to be heard. It’s authentic and it’s captivating – everything you’d expect from a towering talent like Sian Cross.
UK Tour Dates
15th – Isle of Wight Pride
28th – Standon Calling BBC Introducing Stage
29th – West Lothian Pride
12th – Wigan Pride
17th – Hawley Arms, London
19th – The Cellar (Finsborough Arms), London
21st – The Bedford, London
w/e 26th – TVW stock Festival, Wales
2nd – Herts Pride
12th – Next Level Festival, North Wales