‘I’d Breath For You’ is the newest installment in Zach James Douglas’ promising career. From his 4×2 EP the track explores the tribulations of lockdown and the feeling of disconnect from those fondest.
Discussing the single, Zach James Douglas 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.”
The EP itself chronicles four separate scenarios, spanning across 3 full lockdowns. “4×2” is a lyrically heavy, honest and intrinsically intimate depiction of the false starts and empty chance encounters of those in search of new beginnings, as well as the fears and anxieties of long established loves, struggling to maintain affection against the backdrop of the inherent individual and shared mental deterioration, brought about by these new forced surroundings.
Zach James Douglas has clearly done his homework when it comes to electronic production, taking notes from the likes of Caribou, Maribou State and Sylvan Esso, whilst maintaining true individuality as a writer-producer. Putting everything into the record, Zach delves deeper into the meaning behind his sophomore EP:
“”4×2” is unlike anything I’ve ever written before. I’m usually quite an autobiographical writer. 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.
As we were gradually reintroduced back into the real world, I began speaking to my friends and family and slowly started to notice that over time, the same common themes were consistently arising and although each individual experience was unique, they often shared similar feelings of doubt, shame, anger and helplessness. It became evident that within this same communal experience, there were even smaller subsets that shared an odd type of kinship when it came to navigating relationships, both new and old, through such unprecedented times, which was comforting in a strange sort of way.”