Australian Essie Holt cites fellow female artists like Lykke Li, Bat for Lashes, Cat Power, Banks, St. Vincent as influences and inspirations. It’s a fine list and with tracks like her new single Magnetise she shows that she shares with them a singular musical vision and real sense of musical individuality.
Holt’s voice is a real selling point for the track. Rich, emotive and drenched with a sense of good times lost, she soothes the soul whilst the lyrics gently break your heart as reality slowly materialises like the early morning sun.
With an upbeat and at times clubby feel that seems at odds with the more reflective lyrics, it still has a sense of optimism as it powers along thanks to anthemic percussion and whispered arpeggios.
Essie Holt had this to say about the track: “I wrote Magnetise with my good friend/collaborator Mark (Fractures) after I’d had a late night hanging out with a bunch of friends. We’d been drifting for a while due to everyone going in their different directions after school, but the conversations that night really confirmed it was time for me to move on. Magnetise is me coming to terms with ending a long friendship, but also feeling a sense of closure and satisfaction. We really tried to capture both the feelings of sadness and empowerment in the production.”
Magnetise is out now via Australian label Rare Finds and you can find out more about how to stream and download the track here. Essie Holt has some live dates lined up in Australia in the upcoming months – you can get the details on her Facebook page.