elijah woods sorts through the aftermath of “losing a friend” on new single

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It is one thing to release an album or an EP for millions to hear, but it is a totally new game when one single alone gets upwards of three million streams a week. As crazy as it sounds, this is exactly what happened to Toronto-based multi-platinum artist and producer elijah woods. Last year, he released his third EP, bright orange everglow, which contained the hit song “24/7, 365.” This was the song that took off, its tender lyrics and feel-good melodies deeply resonating with listeners worldwide. In May, he will be connecting with his international fans on a sold-out headline run in Asia, where he may perform “24/7, 365” or even his new single, “losing a friend.”

With “losing a friend,” elijah woods opens up about the wounds that surfaced when he cut ties with someone he loved. Even though it’s a heavy subject, he keeps things light with bright piano work and comforting acoustic guitars. He also maintains a contemplative attitude rather than a defeated or closed off one, his polite vocals indicating that he is not going to let this destroy him. We hear lines like, “I think maybe / We’re just waiting for / The other one to reach out and break the silence” and “These violent ends / Lead to no delight,” showing where he stands. In the end, Elijah asks, “Is this the end? / Is it over?” and “Is this all part of losing a friend?” ready to accept the outcome. You can check it out below.

About “losing a friend,” Elijah shares,

“‘losing a friend’ was written about a very personal experience. The progression from a small, intimate piano ballad to a full-out rock-inspired soaring outro encapsulates the love, confusion, disappointment, and grief. The song speaks to the end of a friendship and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with it.”

You can listen to “losing a friend” on platforms like Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Spotify.

Elijah heads out on a sold-out headline tour in Asia this May, with stops in Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, and Tokyo. He will also be opening for Niall Horan in Jakarta on May 11 and performing at the Seoul Jazz Festival on May 31 alongside artists like Jeremy Zucker and JP Saxe. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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