- Words Josephine Amstad
Irish producer and songwriter Zach James Douglas shares his latest single "I'd Breathe For You" from his new EP '4x2'.
Despite its upbeat, bouncy production and euphoric chorus, writer-producer Zach James Douglas’ latest output “I’d Breathe For You” covers darker material than its sound suggests. The lyrics are raw and vulnerable, tracking the mental health struggles faced during lockdown and the disappointment that can come from embarking on a string of failed connections.
With a smooth vocal performance from Zach’s fellow Irishman ‘Honas’, layered with uplifting guitarwork and Zach’s sunny production style, “I’d Breathe For You” overall affect is bright and blissful.
Discussing the track Zach explains, “I wrote ”I’d Breathe For You” as a way to address the mental drain that comes with the search for a sustainable, intimate connection during lockdown and the excitement and rejuvenation that is gained from encountering someone who you feel is truly special.”
Taking inspiration from the likes of Caribou and Maribou State, Zach’s four-track EP maintains his own personal flair and distinctive electronic production style. Although usually an autobiographical writer, Zach turned to the collective while penning the EP: “I write as a form of catharsis, as a way to unpack my own anxieties and insecurities, but with this EP, given that we were collectively living in a unique moment in time, within this one shared experience, where every person was dealing with the same fears, the same constant uncertainty and carried a similar uneasy sense of hope that things were eventually going to get better, I felt I had to step outside of my own little bubble and try to write about something a little more universal.”