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We all have that one love that will always be in our heart.
Kasie Shahbaz, aka Coyote Run, has captured the essence of relationships we can’t escape from on “Love From Far Away” (premiering below). Slow strums of the guitar paired with angelic vocals and country and prog-rock influences create that butterfly feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s like making eye contact with your ex for the first time in public.
“I wrote the song [“Love From Far Away”] about the love you feel for someone that you end up giving everything to because it has to go somewhere,” Shahbaz tells BTRtoday. “It started as a loop I was hypnotized by for a long time, and then I wrote the lyrics.”
She explains that the inspirations for the song came to her after falling for someone who did not reciprocate her feelings. Though it was heartbreaking at the time, she admits that she looks back at it and appreciates the strong love she was able to feel and express to someone.
“I felt really full when it came out of me, not rejected,” she says. “It’s kind of an ode to loving a person but it’s also your love falling all over the ocean and sky and making everything beautiful.”
Coyote Run is a solo project, but she wants to add a full band. Currently based in LA, Shahbaz is working on the release of her debut LP.
But in the meantime, listen to the premiere of “Love From Far Away” by Coyote Run and read the entire interview with Shahbaz below.
BTRtoday (BTR): How did you get into making music?
Kasie Shahbaz (KS): I always tinkered around on the instruments around the house growing up and was music obsessed. Learning my favorite Bright Eyes songs on the guitar was inevitable, and it was only a matter of time before I thought, ‘hey, I can do this, too,’ and found myself needing to do it, as therapy or to satisfy creative compulsions.
BTR: Did you always listen to this kind of genre of music, or were you into something totally different growing up?
KS: There was certainly a long and obnoxious phase, like 10 to 15 years old, where I considered anything that wasn’t The Mars Volta or Tool not interesting or dark enough. Psychedelic has always been there to some degree, and around 17, I really started to open up to folk singers.
BTR: Tell me about this new song “Love From Far Away,” what kind of inspirations went into it lyrically and musically?
KS: I was really in love with someone that didn’t necessarily reciprocate the feelings; I wrote the song about the love you feel for someone that you end up giving everything to because it has to go somewhere. So, it’s kind of an ode to loving a person but it’s also your love falling all over the ocean and sky and making everything beautiful. I felt really full when it came out of me, not rejected. And it started as a loop I was hypnotized by for a long time, and then I wrote the lyrics.
BTR: Why the name Coyote Run?
KS: It’s the name of a small pass in a nature reserve that my first partner and I used to frequent. It was our favorite part of the trail, because it seemed mysterious and alive. The name stuck with me.
BTR: What bands are you listening to?
KS: Obsessing over Joni Mitchell and Bjork as always. Also listening to Avey Tare’s new record, Tyler, The Creator’s new one as well, Twin Sister, Chelsea Wolfe, Emiliana Torrini and still a lot of Bright Eyes.
BTR: What should we be keeping an eye out for in the future of Coyote Run?
KS: Eventually, and this could mean next month or not for awhile, having a full band and a full length will come out via Black Mountain Airport, and also in the same timeframe, an ambient piano/harp/electronic record via Peconic.