Canadian singer-songwriter and self-producer Scalawag has taken a dive into the bottomless pool of his creativity and come back up for air with the genre-bending new EP ‘Runaway’. With influences ranging from indie-pop, folk, blues and rockabilly, Scalawag manages to tie it all together with his nostalgic crooning, to create a smooth and cohesive soundscape. His lyrics explore a wide range of topics, from love and separation to anxiety and self-doubt. This musical gem indicates that Scalawag has a very bright future ahead of him.
Discussing his new project, Scalawag says: “It’s important to me that I create as many of the sounds myself as possible, instead of using stock instruments or samples. It gives every sound more weight and sanctity, to know that it took blood, sweat and tears to get a good performance out of myself for every instrument, and to make sure everything is sounding up to par and comparable to a studio recording with session musicians and engineers. I began writing and recording the EP in May of 2020, at the height of the lockdown. I felt a crushing weight on my soul, and everywhere I looked I felt powerless to help. I was just stuck in my home while people were out in the world suffering. I decided to put my head down and write as much music as possible, and I had an explosion of creativity. I ended up writing and finishing something like 7 songs in one month.”