“Life” (feat. Ed Drewett) by Katy Tiz – A Song Feature
The backstories of “Life” are as engaging as the song itself. Two are particularly interesting. First, suffering through laryngitis and not feeling well, Katy Tiz had to be urged by her brother to continue the recording session of the song with Ed Drewett. That was four years ago. The brother, George, had the musical awareness to recognize that the usual purity of her vocals was not as fitting for “Life” as was her laryngitis-touched voice. After lyrically setting the “scene” during the first 90 seconds, both Tiz and Drewett dial-up the anguish in their voices. The sense of anguish is enhanced by the slight throatiness of Tiz’s voice, which doesn’t affect her ability to introduce vibrato slightly later in the song.
The other interesting backstory involves the meaning behind the lyrics. “Life” was co-written by Katy Tiz and Ed Drewett. They explain, “Everyone has felt that heart-wrenching moment when you break up with someone or lose something amazing and you feel like you will have that painful feeling for life.” That explanation provides poignancy to the lines “You get away looking pretty; and I get life.” Tiz notes:
“The verses are reminiscent of an outlaw love, like Bonnie and Clyde. I haven’t actually stolen all my dad's money, run away, and been locked up in jail (yet), but the hook is something we can all relate to.”
The instrumental support behind the vocals is minimalist. There are the sounds of a mandolin, handclaps, and “low-rent” percussion. Yet, it was ingenious to add strings, which are first heard at 1:30. The mixing keeps the strings in the background. Still, both texturing and emotion are heightened by their presence.
Katy Tiz is from England. Her career brings her to Los Angeles on a regular basis. Her label is 5Towns Records. But it is Sarah at Liberty Music PR who we thank, first for bringing “Life” to our attention and then for her patience in providing a link for the below Soundcloud stream.