ISLA – Break The Fall

ISLA - Break The Fall

ISLA - Break The Fall

ISLA – Break The Fall

ARTIST NAME: ISLA

 

SONG TITLE: Break The Fall

 

RELEASE DATE: 9th July 2021

 

GENRE: Alternative Pop/Adult Contemporary

 

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20-year-old singer-songwriter Isla Sutherland (‘ISLA’) has been making waves in the Cape Town, South Africa music scene, performing regularly at a wide range of esteemed venues across the city with her acoustic guitar and powerful vocals with influences such as Lorde, Fleetwood Mac, and Kelly Clarkson.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

Distance makes the heart grow fonder
But it also makes the heart forget
How it felt to love him
And how it felt to be loved back

 

Memories grow toxic
They eat me from within
And I’m dying to remember
How it felt back then

 

I never thought I’d miss the silence
I never knew it tasted so sweet
Till all that I was left with
Was a message on a screen?

 

But it’s better to have loved and lost
Than not have loved at all
I sink deeper every time you’re not around
To break the fall
And I don’t quite know
When I’ll be okay
Time moves on
Here I’ll stay

 

And every day I’m asking
Is this all worth the cost?
I’m trying dear but I can’t seem to
Bring back what we’ve lost

 

Well honey I surrender
You’ve brought me to my knees
And all I need is one day
To make this pain worth the disease

 

I never thought I’d miss the silence
I never knew it tasted so sweet
Till all that I was left with
Your shadow holding me

 

But it’s better to have loved and lost
Than not have loved at all
I sink deeper every time you’re not around
To break the fall
And I don’t quite know
When I’ll be okay
Time moves on
Here I’ll stay

 

Distance grows
So do we
I lose hope
Each time you leave

 

But it’s better to have loved and lost
Than not have loved at all
I sink deeper every time you’re not around
To break the fall
And I don’t quite know
When I’ll be okay
Time moves on
Here I’ll stay

 

Time moves on
Here I’ll stay

 

 

Tell us your understanding and the importance of a vocal melody.
A good vocal melody is extremely important in captivating your audience and reeling them in – they need a catchy melody to remember and hold onto.

 

Elaborate on your recording experience.
This song ‘Break The Fall’ is the first-ever song I will be releasing; it was my first time in a studio and it was very exciting. I don’t ever want to leave the studio, it was such an awesome experience and I hope to be back soon as I have lots more original songs I want to record.

 

Tell us what you enjoy most in the music-making process.
Seeing my vision come to life. I always have an idea of what the end product will sound like and finally getting to hear that come to fruition is a feeling I will always treasure. I also love being able to share my thoughts, feelings, and emotions with others, which is always cool.

 

Tell us how you differentiate a good song from a bad song.
Music is art and art is subjective – one person might hate a song and the other person might listen to that exact same song and love it. I don’t believe there is bad or good music; it is just people sharing their creations with the world.

 

Discuss the uniqueness of your music.
I draw from deeply personal experiences; my debut song is all about my own personal experience in a long-distance relationship. There were times where I felt nearly hopeless and songwriting was a way for me to deal with the pain of missing someone I truly care about. You really have to learn to trust each other. The simple act of being in love is worth it all. I think the lyrics will resonate with a lot of people who have not been able to see their loved ones.

 

Tell us how you research the sounds that work perfectly with your vocal.
I don’t too much research; I just feel the music and see what comes naturally. It’s good to try a bunch of different sounds until you find the perfect one.

 

Let us know your opinion on vocal training.
I was in choirs throughout primary and high school, although I only had private voice lessons for a few weeks and quit. It just took the fun out of singing and I did not like my teacher that much. I am not against getting vocal training and I know how useful it can be, maybe it is just about finding the right teacher.

 

Explain how you prepare for a recording session.
Tea with lemon and honey, and lots of water… Also blasting my favorite tunes on the way to the recording session in the car, and singing to warm up my voice. Also positive affirmations – something like “what I have to share with the world through my music has meaning and it will have a positive impact on someone out there”.

 

Discuss what you know about the present music industry.
I must admit I am very new to the industry as this is the first song I am ever releasing, but I am sure I have much more to learn as time goes on and I will grow from those experiences and the mistakes I make.

 

Tell us what to expect from you in the next ten years.
You never know where life may take you and nothing is guaranteed. I will always be writing songs up until I die, and hopefully, I will have plenty of more original content out there and recorded in ten years’ time. I am also a genetics student so hopefully, I will have cured some genetic illness by then as well!

 

Let us know your opinion on ‘Doing It Yourself’ and signing to a record label.
I think as long as you find the right record label and read the terms and conditions very carefully, it could be a right fit. I am an unsigned artist and have been writing my own songs but I did get a recording studio and producer to help me as I feel it’s good to learn from others who know more than you about certain things in music.

 

Let us know if you prefer new school music to old school music.
My typical playlist has a wide range of music from all ages. I honestly can’t choose, but if I had to pick a musical year it would have to hands down be the 80s. I wish I was alive then, so many musical legends.

 

Tell us what you consider in a hit song.
A catchy melody, interesting, memorable, and relatable lyrics… Good production quality and something unique that resonates with an audience.

 

Discuss your music career.
I have been performing live with my acoustic guitar and vocals across Cape Town, South Africa for two years now. I have been performing at a wide range of venues. I hope to continue to share my music in all kinds of places.

 

Elaborate on the song.
The song is about being in a long-distance relationship and all those doubts and insecurities that come with physical separation. I think the lyrics will resonate with the millions across the world who are currently unable to be close to their loved ones and will hit even closer to home because of the COVID-19 pandemic in which we all were separated from the people we care about.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
My name is Isla and hence because that is unique already I decided to make it my artist name as well, and made it in all capitals “ISLA”. The song is called ‘Break The Fall’ as the lyrics in the chorus go “I sink deeper every time you’re not around to break the fall.” It is about going through those tough times in your life without your loved one and them not being around to catch you and protect you when you are suffering as you are distanced from them.

 

Share your press release and review with us.
ISLA makes her debut with the single “Break The Fall” – an exploration into long-distance love…
ISLA makes her debut as a solo female artist with a stand-alone single “Break The Fall” composed by herself and produced by HEproducedit (Howard Edward) at Cosher Recording Studios.
The track is a bittersweet contemporary/alternative pop song in which she shares her personal experience in a long-distance relationship. It explores the doubts and insecurities that physical separation brings, but the ultimate hope that love will overcome. ISLA is making a huge step in her solo career and is set to explore different genres as she releases more original content throughout the year.
20-year-old singer-songwriter Isla Sutherland (‘ISLA’) has been making waves in the Cape Town music scene, performing regularly at a wide range of esteemed venues across the city with her acoustic guitar and powerful vocals with influences such as Lorde, Fleetwood Mac, and Kelly Clarkson.

 

Quotes from the artist:
ISLA on the story behind the song, “I wrote Break The Fall as an outlet to express all the mixed emotions I was experiencing whilst in a long-distance relationship…”

 

Quotes about the song:
“Like a river surrendering to its waterfall, the dreamy sustained chords that kick off the debut single from this exciting new artist give way to one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in years. Isla weaves a poignant lyric over a melody that never tries to outdo itself. In Isla’s world, a slow burn is the key to delivering a powerful message of love lost” – Matt Roux

 

 

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