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by Kate Bollinger

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Running 03:05
What a way to act To hold the gun But not know the song When you hear it sung To take the rules As the natural law But how can you learn them You forget what you saw Wait, I'm always running I can't keep up it seems Even in my dreams Look, not from the outside But how can I ask of you What you don't know to do Play it safe Or not at all The way these things change You know you're bound to fall Win the war And shake the hands I've grown this tall Not knowing how to stand Wait, I'm always running I can't keep up it seems Even in my dreams Look, not from the outside But how can I ask of you What you don't know to do What's there to say What's there to say


"Running" continues an ascendant year for Kate Bollinger, which has seen the songwriter playing sold-out shows in support of her Ghostly International debut EP, Look at it in the Light, a collection of tender folk-pop songs lauded by the likes of NPR and The Fader. This standalone single was recorded with Sam Evian at his Flying Cloud Recordings studio in New York's Catskill Mountains. She drove up from Virginia and tracked the song live with Sam. They added Omnichord, bass, keys, and additional guitars before wrapping for a home-cooked meal with his partner Hannah Cohen. The next day, they listened back and built it out with Sean Mullins on drums.

There's a loose, candid sway to "Running," the result of capturing a moment and not pushing past it. "Running feels like a very true and natural piece of me," says Bollinger. Her voice, which she was nearly losing at the time, glides at the forefront. The instrumentation is warm and subtle; layers gently move in and out of the mix, underlining the self-assured and sweetly nuanced delivery. "It's a song about a failing relationship, a new time in my life, deep insecurity and anxiety, and wanting to be really known and loved by someone."


released September 7, 2022

Written by Kate Bollinger
Produced and mixed by Sam Evian
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Artwork by Jessica Potter

Recorded and mixed at Flying Cloud Recordings
Kate Bollinger - Vocals, Guitar, Omnichord
Sam Evian - Bass, Keyboards, Guitar
Sean Mullins - Drums, Keyboard


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