The North East’s atmospheric melody maker, Travis Shaw, has started the year off with his first release – ‘Refuge’
Regarding the track Shaw comments:
“The single is about going inside yourself to find peace and heal. I wrote the song when I was struggling a lot and searching for answers/coping mechanisms. Over the years I’ve learned that everything we need, is inside us. We as humans all look for external pleasure to try and fill some kind of void, a quick fix but it never really hits. When it comes down to it YOU are the only person who can pull yourself out of that situation.There’s a lyric in the song “keep your head above water don’t let these thoughts pull you under.” It’s very easier to attach yourself to negative thoughts, which then quickly escalate into something and start to pull you down. If you can just keep your head above water for a while and stay present, focus on what you are grateful for, the positive things in your life. Things seem to become more manageable.”
“That’s basically what the song is about, and other little things here and there. Having the power and determination to believe in yourself and pursue what you love. Giving yourself that time to recharge and space to yourself, which I find is a very important part of the process.”
Haunting and soulful yet there’s no mistaking the hope thats in Shaw’s voice. Especially when the tension is brought with thundering drums and a lonesome violin etching out a melody. As is the case with Shaw’s output, it’s all in the lyrics. Aching in places and always heartfelt. “I don’t want to go back to those days. Where we forget each others names” A heavy track that is wonderfully but together. This is going to be one hell of a year if this is the level of songwriting Shaw is producing.
Check it out, here