Although Upperfields‘ second single “Runner” may sonically be very dream-like and whimsical, it is far heavier than it sounds. Lead singer, Shaun Gould explains in a personal essay on yvynyl how the theme for the song was inspired from a two-week hospital visit when he was 15. Gold recalls that while he was on morphine for the pain, he had vivid sci-fi-inspired dreams about “someone looking out of their confinement and longing for the free and sacred woods past the fence.” “Runner” is about someone who wants the most out of life and will not settle for anything less than they deserve. Gould explains in his post on yvynyl that the message here is sometimes it may feel scary to step out of your comfort zone, but once you do it is completely worth it.
Escape in many situations is the first brave act we must make. Instead of being cowed with our certain and present unhappiness, we embrace the hope of the unknown and launch into it.
“Runner’s” airy melody manages to lull us into the type of fantasy world that Gold created in his dream. They succeed in delivering a song that is both simultaneously carefree and serious. Quite plainly, “Runner” is an uplifting reminder about chasing your dreams and feeling free to do so.