( ENSPIRE Music ) Natalie Shay Released ‘The Edge’ Depicting Her Falling Out With Her Long-Time Friend
ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran
Natalie Shay is a critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning musician known for her explosive live performances and vibrant, infectious anthems. The North London artist writes relatable lyrics touching on love, self-discovery, and the everyday experiences of a twenty-something. At her core, she’s a remarkable storyteller, one that continues to break boundaries and trailblaze into her realm of indie pop from the soul. She recently released her latest single “The Edge”, depicting the painful breakdown and complete blow-up of Shay’s friendship with her best friend.
“The Edge” published on February 1st, 2023 portrays Shay’s reflection on the relationship she had with her best friend. She reveals that “Despite missing her and the good parts of the friendship so much, I know in order to still respect myself, I have to honor the power of an apology, and in this case, the lack thereof one.” Her song shines with kaleidoscopic synths, a contagious beat, and energetic melodies. Despite the song’s melancholy theme, sonically it’s the ultimate get-up-and-dance track, allowing you to lose yourself in the music. Her song resonates with listeners going through the same thing and encourages everyone to move on from the things in their past and to remember the good times that they experienced.
ENSPIRE was given the opportunity to discuss Shay’s experience, hopes, intricacies, and advice surrounding her amazingly written song.
What do you want listeners to gain from listening to your song?
I hope it’s relatable! with all of my songs and many songwriters, we hope people can find something in the lyrics or the song itself to feel understood. and also I just hope people jam out to it haha
Do you think listeners can relate to your song and experience?
I think so! Falling out with a best friend is a super relatable experience, and I think kinda under represented through art of all kinds, it’s such a difficult thing to go through
You mentioned that the song was a form of closure, after publishing the song have you been able to move past the painful memories of your friend?
I have now! took a while, but it’s nearly been a year since the fallout, I think I’m just about over it.. most days…
Why did you choose to have an upbeat melody to pair with the melancholy lyrics?
It’s something I enjoy doing! The chords are very emotional, but the melody is fun, I just think there’s something interesting about expressing this kind of emotion through a different feeling!
How do you hope sharing your journey will help others overcome similar experiences?
For me, having a song to get me through something or a few songs by any artists is, huge part of healing for me. I hope others can find the same. getting comments from people throughout this release telling me this song helped them, means so much!
What advice would you give others that are going through something similar?
Not everyone is supposed to be part of your life forever. Sometimes people are just there for a short while, and if you lose them, it doesn’t make them bad, it just means they weren’t meant to come with you anymore.
For Shay, “The Edge” is her way of finding closure, yet for the listener, it can act as a plethora of different things. To an average listener, the song may be just another great listen, but for those who are experiencing something similar to Shay, it can act as a reassurance that someone else has gotten through this same experience. Shay’s song empowers those who listen and understand the contrast between the melody and melancholy lyrics. Her song encourages others to stay strong and to let go of those who are a change our lives for the worse no matter how hard it may be. To experience this amazing song, click to view it below.