London-based Sabiyha has unveiled new new single, ‘Wolf’, following the release of her rousing debut, ‘Bird’, last month. Championed by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Asian Network’s Yasser and Bobby Friction during her first foray into music, Sabiyha’s forthcoming EP, ‘Hollow Bones’, marks a turning point for the singer as her demos have finally made their way out of her bedroom and into the studio. Support from the likes of Mahogany and The Line Of Best Fit cemented Sabiyha as an artist to watch after the release of ‘Bird’, and the new single, ‘Wolf’, continues to explore her extraordinary talent for songwriting. Fusing soaring vocals with delicate pizzicato strings, the musical storytelling in Sabiyha’s latest release goes a long way to challenging what’s expected from a new artist.
Heavily inspired by a love of folklore, ‘Wolf’ finds Sabiyha reflecting on her personal journey to independence through a beautiful tale of the supernatural. ‘The song tells the story of a young female wolf and the moon. The moon falls from the sky and the wolf is left in darkness, losing her pack and being forced to survive the dark by herself. The stars ask the wolf to help find the moon, and in return they offer her the howl of a thousand wolves. The wolf sets off following the scent of the moon and the sound of its lullaby, eventually finding the moon stuck under a frozen lake. With the howl of a thousand wolves she breaks the ice and sets the moon free, returning to her pack who once called her child.’ The symbolism in ‘Wolf’ reflects a time in Sabiyha’s life when she had to grow up quickly and support her parents, ‘a time when I realised they can be just as vulnerable as children’. With her father embodied in the moon and her teenage self in the wolf, producer Andrew David James expertly heightens the emotional strength behind Sabiyha’s words with a rich tapestry of orchestral embellishments. ‘Wolf’ is a powerful return and a track that once again sets Sabiyha apart from her contemporaries.