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  • Tessa Maddaloni

Review: "Running Wild" - Camden West

Running Wild Camden West Cover Art

The end of a relationship can be many different things. It can be heartbreaking, freeing, or simply numbing. Sometimes, however, it can be exactly the opposite of what we expect it to be. Camden West’s latest single “Running Wild” details his point of view and experience with this very matter. He expected his ability to (as he puts it) ‘run wild’, and yet he finds that all he wants is to be back together with his partner. His lyrics bring the question to light of if the breakup was really what was best for them, and if his ex partner is feeling the same way. Do they miss him as much as he misses them? He asks himself this question, along with questioning how to truly feel okay while running wild.

The soundscape of this song is a mix of folk and pop, seemingly matching the vibes of artists like Ben Rector, Matt Kearny, and John Mayer (although with a little more electronics added to Mayer’s sound to reach West’s). The soundscape feels bright and yet nostalgic, and it ebs and flows with West’s lyrics. He sings touching lines like, “Running wild should feel so good / but every step I take / takes me back to you” in the chorus, and “My back and bones are breaking / my heart just started aching” as the first line of the bridge. He repeats my personal favorite lyric throughout the song: “Just got you on my mind / running wild and running free”. These words are so simple, but really show how no matter what he is doing and no matter how good he is supposed to feel, all he can do is think about his past relationship.

Camden West is a Las Vegas and Nashville based artist, and has amassed almost 1,000 monthly Spotify streamers. He is classified as a folk, pop, and rock artist, and has stated that he has taken inspiration from his personal favorite artists growing up: The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, and Keith Urban. He has one album released titled Outside the Lines, and one EP titled The Space Between, as well as multiple singles including “Running Wild”. He has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as the American Authors and Jake Miller, and is currently working on recording his third studio production. Make sure to follow the social medias below to stay tuned for more music from West.

Written By Tessa Maddaloni



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