Northern NSW-based artist Kita Alexander has just released her new single, Run, and it's a glittering, synth-flecked track that brings to mind the highlights of Fleetwood Mac's discography. Run floats along, while carrying a heavier emotional weight than you might expect upon first hearing the song.
Lyrically, Run is a track about trying to escape a toxic relationship, and captures the search for the energy and bravery to put yourself first, even though you're trying to be supportive. Originally written alongside Donnie Sloan and Nick Littlemore (part of Empire of The Sun), the song's final form took shape in Kita's garage. It's a reminder to look below the surface of any situation, as your first impression of Run might be deceiving. The chorus helps to distill the struggle of supporting someone that's using you as a life raft - leading to you both sinking in the process.
Speaking about the track, Kita explains, “I’ve always loved listening to songs that feel light upon hearing, but hold much heavier sentiment after really listening to the lyrics. And so being inspired by this form of song writing, I find myself doing it quite a lot and especially in Run.
"The first song from my upcoming EP feels like a sunny day in LA, but it’s all about being in relation with someone who is unsuccessfully fighting their own internal battle and in the process dragging you down along with them.
"Mental illness is not easy on anyone, but we often forget about the support people who are struggling to stay in the light, and be the beacon of hope that our loved ones need. We forget that there are times when the support people need their own support people.”
Run is the first taste of Kita's upcoming third EP, which is set to be released later this year. We're looking forward to what she's been working on in recent times, and if Run is anything to go by, it's set to be a project full of songs that will demand repeat listens.