Category: Pop

New Zealand’s Alae continue their metamorphosis into one of the tiny nation’s most interesting indie pop acts, releasing the powerful Hit Me Where It Hurts with a groundbreaking official video featuring the work of five of NZ’s most renowned film and video clip directors. The first taste from their freshly sealed partnership with Canadian producer Justin Gray and Anti Gravity records, this is Alae as you’ve never heard them before, delivering their most self-assured and liberated cut yet.

Conjuring all the feels, Hit Me Where Hurts wraps a tale of one-sided love in a springtime slice of slick soulful pop, and is the end result of a transformative L.A. session by songwriter and vocalist Alex Farrel-Davey. The group writing situation unlocked a new well of creativity for Farrel-Davey who was inspired to a new level of honesty and emotional evolution that has opened the band up to a future free of the shackles of expectation and conformity.

Alex Farrel-Davey said of the new single, “We can’t wait to get this never before heard side of Alae out to the people, this song’s been in the pipeline for a few months now and we’re fizzing to release it.”

“It’s packed full of the same emotional sincerity as usual but with a new pop consciousness that’ll make you want to listen again and again – and again.”

For the groundbreaking video clip, the band went seeking out five acclaimed music video directors, with one simple concept – everyone had a minute to create whatever video they wanted to, but without knowing what the other directors were creating. Tapping Chris Graham (Scribe, Smashproof), Greg Page (The Locals), Alexander Gander (Chelsey Jade, Finn Andrews, The Veils, Maala), Charlotte Evans (Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, DMAs) and Petra Cibilich (Nika, Helen Corry) to bring their directing talents to the project, the final cut shows just how universal the tale of unrequited love can be, with each director taking the brief for their individual chapter and running with it to create the stunning clip.

Petra Cibilich said of the project, “There was something creatively liberating about not knowing what the video would reveal itself to be on screen, or how your own chapter could carry or disrupt its flow – it was a matter of running wild and anticipating the unexpected.”

Hit Me Where It Hurts is the first single to be released from Alae’s forthcoming five-track EP which will be released in Summer 2020. Hit Me Where It Hurts is out now wherever good digital music lives.

Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, today reveals details of the epic 15-date Australian and 3-date New Zealand leg of his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Between December 2019 and February 2020, Elton John will traverse Australia and New Zealand, in what will be the legendary music icon’s most extensive tour of the region to date. The tour will kick off with record breaking back-to-back appearances at Perth’s HBF Park (formerly nib Stadium) on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2019, a huge 48 years on from his first ever Australian show, which took place at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on 17th October, 1971.

Elton will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences, on his very last tour, playing across a mammoth run that includes Capital City concerts, along with stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues from the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate to Rutherglen’s All Saints EstateRochford Wines in the Yarra Valley,Queensland’s Sirromet WinesVictoria’s Hanging Rock and Bathurst’s Carrington Park, with additional dates, including North QLD, to be announced later in 2019.

“Elton’s continuing love affair with Australia knows no bounds, proven by this farewell tour, and the breadth and depth of the itinerary, showing his commitment to his many Australian fans”, said promoter Michael Chugg“On his very last tour, he wanted to return to some of his favourite cities, while also playing for fans in a couple of never-before-visited locations.”

Beginning in Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour has already been hailed as one of his most“energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations”. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece that is a “reflective and stunning tribute to a great artist’s career” (NME), also celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin – one of the great song-writing partnerships of all time.

The milestone itinerary comprises more than 300 shows across five continents, spanning three years, with stops in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and marks the last tour of its kind by the celebrated songwriter and iconic showman.

“Playing live to other human beings is the greatest gift any artist could ever have”, said Sir Elton at his Chicago show.

Audiences will experience a rare glimpse into Elton’s life, and the deeply personal meaning behind some of his greatest hits, via mesmerising, never-before-seen images and videos displayed throughout the show from his incredible 50-year career. Complete with brand new stage production, and tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour is intimate and personal, while also spectacular and daring.

He will be joined by longstanding band members Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton’s original three-piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director DaveyJohnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, virtuoso Ray Cooper on percussion, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

Sir Elton John said, “I always love coming back to Australia. Ever since my first visit in 1971 it has held a very special place in my heart.” Elton’s enduring history with Australia is evident across the years, notably in 2012, when he opened the Perth Arena, and most recently delivering the final performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre [since demolished], in December 2015.

He bids farewell to the road almost fifty years on from his debut Australian show, having played 196 concerts and performing to more than 1.5 million people across the country in that time. Since his career began in 1969, he has performed a staggering 4000-plus shows in more than 80 countries.

The performer said that after the tour finishes he looks forward to “coming off the road and dedicating more time to raising my children”.

“I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play for audiences across the globe. I plan to bring to my final tour the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades…It’s the most produced and fantastic show I’ve ever done. I want to go out with a bang…” – Elton John

Garnering rave reviews at sell-out shows across North America, Elton John’s curtain call will be the last chance to catch this legendary performer touring in Australia.

More than a concert; an unforgettable memory!

Tickets will go fast, don’t miss out on your spot at Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

 

This Friday at 4pm (AEST) sees Sam Smith & Normani release their joint single “Dancing With A Stranger”, via Capitol Records & EMI Music Australia. Pre-save the single HERE.

“Dancing With A Stranger” is a smooth slice of sultry, R’n’B influenced pop where Sam and Normani’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production. The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in LA as Sam was writing with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes, Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other it was a no-brainer for her to team up with Sam to create the new track.

Sam Smith has spent the past year travelling around the world on tour following the release of his sophomore, ARIA Platinum Certified album “The Thrill of It All”. After 94 shows and selling over 1 million tickets, late last year Sam finished his critically-acclaimed “The Thrill of It All World Tour”, with sold out arenas across Australia. Sam has currently sold over half a million albums in Australia.

On the new single Sam Smith says, “I’m so excited for everyone to hear “Dancing With a Stranger,” which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.  It is also such a beautiful moment for me as I’m a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. I’m so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.”

“Dancing With A Stranger” is the first new music from Sam Smith in 2019 and follows on from his global hit with Calvin Harris “Promises” which currently stands as the #1 national airplay song and his sixth Top 5 single on the ARIA Charts. Smith will be flying out to South America this spring for Lollapalooza before heading over to South Africa for a string of five shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Normani launched her solo career last year with her debut solo single “Love Lies” with Khalid. “Love Lies” soared to #1 at Top 40 Radio in the US and was the first single Normani released following her global success with multi-platinum group Fifth Harmony. Since then, she has gone on to release a number of new tracks including two tracks with Calvin Harris and her recent single, “Waves” feat. 6LACK. In addition to working with Calvin Harris, Khalid, and 6LACK, Normani has also recently collaborated with Quavo and Kehlani. Normani is currently working on her debut solo album and this March will see her join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World tour.

Normani continues “I’m truly blessed having the opportunity to create with one of the greatest vocalists of this decade. I think about the artists that I frequently listen to daily and Sam Smith has definitely been one of them for some time now. I never thought in a trillion years that I would be able to state that I have a record with this extremely gifted being. I’m super proud to share this song with Sam and cannot wait for the rest of the world to experience it – from the first moment that I heard the song I knew how special it was. I’m deeply in love with this body of work and I hope that you all will be too. I’m so thankful that Sam put his trust in me to help him bring this song to life. To my fans, thank you for all of your continued support. I love y’all!!! I pray you guys enjoy this.”

 

Melbourne indie outfit The Attics are excited to reveal their latest psych-pop jangle ‘Pastel Blues’ and announce a small handful of upcoming live shows. Following on from their previous single ‘Ultramarine’ and fun-as-all-heck single launch at The Grace Darling last month, the country-Victorian born four-piece will play a handful of intimate live shows to celebrate the shiny new release.

An introspective narration, the new single captures the ponderings of an escapist rotating through the daily 9-to-5. ‘Pastel Blues’ is much more opaque than its title suggests, beaming with bold hooks and playful arrangements that are captivating and instantly recognisable as their own. As with the dynamic ‘Ultramarine’‘Pastel Blues’ was once again recorded and mastered by Isaac Barter and co-produced with lead vocalistCameron Wade, with mixing by acclaimed engineer Steven Schram. Striking, fun and a little bit silly, the single is rapidly becoming a set list favourite at any live show, and is sure to be listed as a staple of many summer playlists to come.

“Pastel Blues is the least serious thing we’ve written in years. It’s a playful exploration of the phrase on repeat in the chorus, “wondering how it feels bad to be good all the time”. It’s a really dumb set of words, but a funny thing to think about in depth. So we’re exploring that with this kind of wandering commentary, reconfirming that life would be super bland if we only ever did what we were told we should. I think you can almost feel the music taking a few steps back and lazily fall into line with the idea…” – Cameron Wade, The Attics

After a recent run of shows opening for indie duo Slum Sociable, as well as past festival appearances at By The Meadow and Canada’s Indie Week Toronto, the four-piece have acquired a live show that is a joy to behold. With dreamy guitar hooks, driving bass lines and heart stirring percussion, The Attics will bring their signature feel-good vibes to Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Abbotsford in intimate band rooms and outdoor stages over the next couple of months. Catch all the action at the below dates and remember to tie those dancing shoes tight!

Upcoming Shows:
Thursday 11 October
The Band Stand at Artlands, Bendigo VIC

Saturday 13 October
White Night, Geelong VIC

Thursday 8 November
Supporting Ben Panucci
The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford VIC

Pastel Blues is out now via
Spotify // iTunes // Apple Music // Google Play

Sarah Blasko’s ARIA Top 5 album Depth of Field has delivered some of the most memorable songs – and videos – of Sarah’s career to date.  From the ghost-like imagery of ‘Phantom’ to her unsettling performance in ‘A Shot’, the unhinged magic of ‘Never Let Me Go’ and the simple drama of ‘Read My Mind’, each video has drawn and enveloped the viewer in a unique way.

Taking a different tack with ‘Everybody Wants To Sin’, the video again shows Sarah’s incredible performance mastery.  Sarah says, “‘Everybody Wants To Sin’ is the final video from ‘Depth Of Field’, made once again with Mclean Stephenson. We decided to do something pretty off the cuff and ridiculous because the song is about people parading on the internet.”

Sarah has a host of upcoming live performances including the charitable event ‘An Evening with Sally Seltmann, Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko’ on October 27.  Presented by Newtown Festival, it sees all three members of much loved trio, ‘Seeker, Lover, Keeper’, reuniting for this one-off performance with all proceeds destined for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.  Tickets available HERE.

She will also perform live at Brisbane Festival event ‘Tivoli In The Round’ on September 26, Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria (23rd – 25th November) and will take on the role of very special guest for the February/March 2019 national tour from the legendary Rodriguez.

Released earlier in the year, Depth of Field has further enhanced Sarah’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest singer/ songwriters and performers – an amazing collection of songs which garnered acclaim across the globe.

 

Organisers of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR are excited to announce they will be bringing the award-winning festival to Rockhampton in 2019 for the first time. The Easter show is part of the touring festival’s Series Three line-up, headlined by John Farnham, featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc and Dragon. This is a massive coup for regional Queensland audiences. The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2018 already won itself the Best Selling Festival accolade in the Ticketmaster Awards, a coveted title for an tour that is dedicated to taking first class music out to regional Australia across four months from January to April each year.

Promoter Duane McDonald says when it came to picking a location for an Easter show, Rockhampton was the perfect choice. “We are thrilled to be taking the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR to Rocky for the first time in 2019,” he says. “Rockhampton is fast proving itself to be the events capital of regional Queensland and we can’t wait for this opportunity to present some of Australia’s finest acts on Easter Saturday.”

Organised with the blessing of Rockhampton Regional Council, Mayor Margaret Strelow is excited for the concert, to be held on The Common. “Rockhampton is set to rock in Easter 2019,” she says. “We are delighted to welcome a fantastic line-up of artists to our region including Aussie greats John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite. It’s always exciting to bring new events to our region and I’m sure our community will be thrilled to see these iconic performers here in Central Queensland together for the first time.”

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR series featuring John Farnham in 2017 and 2018 sold-out and the 2019 run will no doubt do the same. Revered as one of the best male vocalists – by both fans and fellow musicians – he has had an incredibly versatile career. His 1986 album Whispering Jack was the first record to sell over a million copies in Australia and its chart topping single You’re The Voice cemented the honey toned solo artist as ‘the voice’ of the country. Over the next several years he released hit after hit, including Pressure Down, Reasons, A Touch of Paradise, Age of Reason, Two Strong Hearts, Angels, Talk of The Town, Chain Reaction, Burn For You, Have A Little Faith (In Us) and That’s Freedom to name a few. Audiences will have the chance to celebrate five decades of great music when John takes to the stage for these select shows in 2019.

A long-time supporter of the RED HOT SUMMER TOURDaryl Braithwaite always puts on an incredible performance – it’s why his return to the line-up is highly anticipated. He is one of the most recognisable voices in the Australian music scene, and with a diverse career that has spanned decades. Daryl’s consistency as a performer has never wavered, something that sees him performing regularly to packed crowds around the country. Starting his career in the 1970s as the frontman for Sherbet, Daryl was crowned King of Pop and the band produced 20 national Top 40 singles. In the 1980’s Daryl set out on his own solo career, releasing smash hit singles such as One Summer, As The Days Go By and Sugar Train to name a few. His anthemic version of The Horses is always a crowd-pleaser and a favourite for RED HOT SUMMER TOUR fans.

For lovers of great music, a concert experience with Jon Stevens is up there with the very best. From his Noiseworks days – and hits such as Welcome To The World, No Lies, Touch and Hot Chilli Woman – to fronting The Dead Daisies and INXS, he has made an indelible impact with his amazing vocals. Jon also has an incredible solo catalogue, the most recent of which Starlight saw him do a run of sold-out dates last year. His live shows are dynamic, high energy and will keep audiences on their feet. Music fans are in for a treat as Jon takes RED HOT SUMMER TOUR audiences through his repertoire in 2019.

It has been seven years since Vanessa Amorosi has performed as part of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR and audiences are certainly in for a treat. Considered one of Australia’s most iconic female voices, the festival sees the soulful powerhouse performer return to her live roots. Her debut album The Power (2000) demonstrated Vanessa was a force to reckon with – it notched up six nominations at the ARIA awards and saw her sing at the Sydney Olympics. It was the breakthrough Top 10 hit Absolutely Everybody that made her a household name, it stayed in the charts for six months, went certified double platinum and charted in Europe. She continued to demonstrate her versatility as a soul, R&B and rock performer with albums Somewhere In The Real World (2008) and Hazardous (2009). She has sold over two million records and heads into 2019 with a renewed focus on music and live shows, kicking off with the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR.

It’s hard to believe it has been over 15 years since Thirsty Merc smashed onto the scene with his such as Someday Someday and In The Summertime. Lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte proved himself to be a world-class songwriter and the trio performed far and wide. Having recently celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a national tour, the return of Thirsty Merc on the festival circuit will be embraced by audiences. The band were last part of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2011 where audiences delighted in their performances.

When it comes to iconic bands, Dragon has a long history with Aussie music fans. Moving from New Zealand to Australia in the 1970s, the Kiwi-come-Aussie band made an indelible mark and their music captured the hearts of a generation. Songs like April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Still In Love With You, Young Years and Rain became ingrained into the Australian psyche. They were an institution on Countdown. Fast forward more than 45 years and audiences still can’t get enough of Dragon – with Todd Hunter still on bass and fellow New Zealander Mark Williams on vocals, the reformation of Dragon has seen a whole new generation of music lovers introduced to their music and loving it.

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is always a sell-out series. The 2018 run saw many of the shows sell-out several months before and tickets are always coveted. Don’t miss out on tickets to the 2019 tour – these shows are what music memories are made of!

Tickets are on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday 13th September 2018. Tickets are only available through authorised ticket outlets listed. Patrons are advised not to purchase tickets from Viagogo or other Third Party Sellers, as fraudulent tickets will not be honoured. Please only use the authorised sellers listed below.

Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019
On The Lawns, The Common, ROCKHAMPTON QLD
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc & Dragon

 

After selling out their first ever trip to Australia in 2016, James are preparing for a triumphant return in 2018, this time sporting a brand-new album ‘Living in Extraordinary Times” as well as all their swag of British classics.

James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ became the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio before finding a second life through its use in teen hit American Pie films. James had already had a decade of hits by the time Laidarrived, having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene into one of the biggest UK bands in the world by the dawn of the 90s. With alternative hits in Australia including Laid, Sit Down, Sound, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), She’s a Star and Just Like Fred Astaire, and selling over 25 million records worldwide, the band were triple j staples for over fifteen years, yet took nearly three decades to hit Australian shores.

With sell out shows, great reviews and mad fans, some travelling across Australia to ensure they didn’t miss a single show, a return visit was inevitable.

“We had such a great time in Australia we couldn’t believe it took us so long to get there,” said Tim Booth. “The vibe in every room was just electric and every night was different to the last. We can’t wait to get back there and do it all again, this time with our ‘Living in Extraordinary Times’ record.”

The album seems to touch upon contemporary fissures in society, with Tim Booth commenting: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

The tour will visit Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as taking James to Adelaide for the very first time.

TICKETS ON SALE 10:00 AM, FRIDAY 22 JUNE 
Via MJRPresents.com

 

JAMES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2018

Wednesday 14 November – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16 November – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17 November – The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD
Monday 19 November – The Gov – Adelaide, SA*
Tuesday 20 November – Astor Theatre – Perth, WA

*James’ first live performance in Adelaide

Australian pop/rock band 5SOS (5 SECONDS OF SUMMER) dominates Australian Charts with new single ‘Youngblood’, claiming No. 1 position on the ARIA Singles Chart, as announced this afternoon.  It is ARIA’s first Australian chart-topping single of 2018.  This success follows a No. 1 on the Apple Music Song Chart, the only local act to achieve this feat.  ‘Youngblood’ is the band’s second ARIA Number One single following ‘She Looks So Perfect’ in 2014. 

5SOS is in Australia for a high-profile promotional tour ahead of the release of third studio album, YOUNGBLOOD on June 22.  This week they announced their Meet You There national tour for August of this year, with tickets on sale now.  These all ages live dates will give fans the opportunity to hear new tracks ‘Want You Back’ and ‘Youngblood’, alongside old favourites like ‘She Looks So Perfect’, ‘Amnesia’ and more!

The Meet You There tour will kick off at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on August 9, followed by Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 11, Festival Hall in Melbourne on August 13, Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on August 16 and concluding at HBF Stadium in Perth on August 18.

New single ‘Youngblood’ is dominating Australian charts – No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, iTunes, Shazam and Apple Music, No. 2 on Spotify, and is a GLOBAL top 30 record. ‘Want You Back,’ the first single from the “Youngblood” album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries and has amassed more than 93 million streams worldwide.

Hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, 5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard200 at No. 1.  5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone.  2015’s “Sounds Good Feels Good” charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. ‘She’s Kinda Hot,’ the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries.

5SOS – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/ bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

YOUNGBLOOD, the third studio album from 5SOS, is released on June 22 on EMI Music Australia – pre-order HERE.

 

 

5SOS MEET YOU THERE TOUR DATES – ALL AGES

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: 5sos.com & livenation.com.au

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY                                                  THURSDAY AUGUST 9

CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE, BRISBANE     SATURDAY AUGUST 11

FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE                                                    MONDAY AUGUST 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE                                         THURSDAY AUGUST 16

HBF STADIUM, PERTH                                                                      SATURDAY AUGUST 18

 

Missy Higgins’ fifth studio album, Solastalgiais unveiled today. The beloved singer/songwriter has vaulted back into the spotlight this year. Her new singles ‘Futon Couch’ and ‘Cemetery’ ignited playlists everywhere, an impassioned appearance on ABC-TV’s “Q&A” provoked national debate about refugee policy, and a stadium tour as Ed Sheeran’s special guest ensured Australia fell in love with her all over again. Not surprisingly her headlining national tour – which starts next week – sold out faster than any in the last decade.

So 2018 marks an exciting new phase in Missy’s career but it also signals a fresh start creatively.  She has clearly absorbed some fresh influences since her last collection of original songs, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (2012), joined The Sound Of White (2004) and On A Clear Night (2007) in debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. The three albums have collectively sold over a million album copies in this country and earned her nine ARIA Awards but Solastalgia sees Missy exploring new frontiers. Synthetic soundscapes and drum loops now underpin the organic pianos and acoustic guitar tones that people typically associate with her, perhaps reflecting the addition of new production collaborator Pip Norman (Tzu, Troy Sivan) and mixer John O’Mahony (Vance Joy, Coldplay, Metric).

The album also sees some different lyrical approaches.

“I’ve always tried to write honestly about what’s going on inside my head and that’s still the case so in a way nothing has changed”, Missy explains. “When I was a teenager I was writing songs about early heartbreaks and other stuff I was experiencing but my life’s very different now. I got married. We had a baby. My priorities have changed and my thoughts are gravitating towards different things like, well, the end of the world!”

The title Solastalgia refers to the existential crisis people feel when confronted by seismic environmental change so as the word suggests, there actually is a bit of an apocalyptic theme that runs through many of the new tunes. “How Was I To Know” (co-written and produced with Adele collaborator Dan Wilson) literally contemplates “the end of everything” while “Hallucinate” is a tense and restless rumination on a fragile future. Clearly this is the same yearning and earnest songwriter who penned Australian classics like “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Where I Stood”, “Steer” and “Everyone’s Waiting” but she has simply moved into a different phase of her life. She’s still grappling with finding meaning and sharing it in her work but the stakes are now even higher.

“I’m sure that subconsciously it was all shaped by having a baby”, says Missy. “For the first time I started thinking about the future more seriously and more personally. I started asking “what kind of world is my little boy going to experience when he grows up?‘. And if you stop and think about it like that it can be bloody terrifying. Just watching the news at night can make you want to cover your eyes. Plus I’d been reading some climate-fiction (cli-fi) and post-apocolypic literature so that also caused a bit of an existential crisis that shaped some of these songs too.”

But while the word “solastalgia” describes this exact fear it is actually a hybrid of the latin terms for both “comfort” and “pain” so the picture isn’t one dimensional. On tracks like the album’s first hit single “Futon Couch” Missy playfully recounts the story of how she met her husband at a Broome share house. “The Difference” sees her embracing the idea that things can be changed for the better while “Red Moon” (co-written and produced with Tove Lo and Broods collaborator Alex Hope) is an end-of-days romantic fantasy.

Her new single ‘Cemetery’ looks back fondly on a moment of youthful indiscretion and the music video for that song is also released today. Missy says, “I had a blast shooting this with my good friend and long-time collaborator, Natasha Pincus. She also directed my videos for ‘Everyone’s Waiting’‘Unashamed Desire’ and ‘Oh Canada‘. In other words, she’s bloody brilliant. This video was shot all in one take, and I have to thank the whole camera and lighting crew who put in so many hours getting their moves so perfectly right, so that I could just come in and sing the song. Then of course there’s the VFX (the little lights you’ll see as the clip progresses) which were done by dream-team GRAMM. I’ve never done a black and white clip, nor a one-shot clip before that was so stripped back and raw.”

In an era where albums are increasingly being sidelined by individual tracks Solastalgia is a defiant piece of work. It makes the case that a dozen songs in a row by one artist can fill a broader canvas picture that’s worth the time required to absorb it as one piece. While playlists can clearly be fun and there are songs here that can fit on them, this is a genuine album in the classic sense of that word.

“My loved-one said to me that this album feels like “a meditation on Time” – he’s a playwright so he gets to say profound things like that but I think he’s spot on. The notion of time has changed so much for me since becoming a parent. I’m now both imperative to someone’s survival while simultaneously obsolete in the grander scheme of things.  I now look into the future and think about the world I am bringing my son into and what a debilitatingly huge responsibility that is. I think about the mistakes I’ve made and how I can try to make the future safer, for him and his children and their children and their children. At the same time though I think about the capacity for love I feel right now that I never knew was possible. That in itself gives me so much hope that maybe things will turn out OK after all. Especially when I think about all the balls of love out there in people’s chests, not just for their children but for each other, their friends, their family.”

“The forces in both directions just feel so much bigger and stronger now that I’ve literally got more skin in the game. It’s a huge journey, this album. Through hope and despair and ultimately hope (I hope!).”

SOLASTALGIA AUSTRALIAN MAY TOUR 2018

with special guest GORDI

(All shows, All Ages)

WED 2 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT

FRI 4 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT

SAT 5 MAY Empire Theatre, Toowoomba *SELLING FAST

SUN 6 MAY Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong SOLD OUT

MON 7 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

TUE 8 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

FRI 11 MAY Canberra Theatre SOLD OUT

SAT 12 MAY Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT

SUN 13 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT

MON 14 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT