New single “breeze” coming 8.13.2019
is the recording project of Toronto-based songwriter Andrew Oliver. Championed by the likes of Nylon, Noon Pacific and Going Solo, Nightshifts has worked magic across vintage synths, groovy guitars, and drum machines during late-night recording sessions to create soulful and cosmic pop tunes. Nightshifts delivers slow-building progressions of phased synthesizers and delay-coated guitars to create powerful atmospheres that feels close-at-home. The project is both exciting and complex with a fast-growing reputation for kaleidoscopic production and soulful songwriting.
what inspired the song?
During the winter, I kept experiencing the same cycle of anxiety. I would worry and get worked up about all sorts of inconsequential things. I would inevitably reach a point where I realized I had no control over those things, and that always came with a huge rush of relief. “Breeze” was written about that cycle and that relief.
WHO PRODUCED IT?
The song began as a demo recording in my Toronto studio. I wanted the verses to build an anxious tension, and the chorus to provide a sense of relief and letting go. I enlisted my friend and collaborator Chewey (Jack McGuiness) to produce the incredible trap drum sounds and add to the psychedelic textures. He’s based in Vancouver. It started with sending files back and forth across Canada, and culminated in a day spent out west finishing the track together.
What do you want people to take away from the song?
On a surface level, I’ll be thrilled if people dig the groove and the vibe of the music. If anyone can connect and relate to the lyrics, to the feeling of being caught in an anxious cycle, that would be even cooler for me. Ideally it would help someone feel like they are not alone in these feelings.
What are your plans for the next year?
Breeze is the first single from my upcoming “Window Weather” EP. I have a ton of music saved up in the tank right now, I plan on releasing a steady stream of tunes throughout the year.