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Political activism inspires Preston musician to release new single

Posted on - 11th June, 2020 - 9:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
David Shurr

A Preston musician is releasing a new single after becoming inspired by the political activism taking place across the world.

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Songwriter and producer David Shurr will release the track Heaven on all major digital outlets on Friday 12 June.

Shurr said: “I’ve decided to release the new single in light of all the political activism that’s taking place on social media currently.

“This song has been in production for a number of months, but I feel it is lyrically relevant to the current socio-political climate of my generation.”

Shurr, who has in the past received airplay on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show, said he composed the music in an unusual way.

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“I wrote this song after waking up one morning with the lyrics and melody ringing very clearly in my mind.

“I’d had a dream where I was working as usual in my music room and recording the song – this very song, which technically didn’t exist until I woke up and grabbed the guitar, determined to remember it all.

“It’s a strange phenomenon to compose and arrange a piece of music in this way. It’s as if the music already exists because you’ve literally heard it before.”

British-born Shurr says he draws from his American familial roots and multicultural upbringing – he was raised in South East Asia – to form an “alt-pop niche of poetic lyricism, jangling guitars, psyche-swirling melodies and teatowel-covered drumbeats”.

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You can listen to a pre-release stream of Heaven on SoundCloud.

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