EP Walkthrough: Eliza & The Delusionals detail their new EP, A State Of Living In An Objective Reality
On their second EP, the Australian four-piece soundtrack their growth and evolution over the last three years in almighty fashion.
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Over the last few years, Gold Coast rock group Eliza & the Delusionals have stepped forward as an exciting fresh face from within the country's indie-rock next generation, stepping out from the masses time and time again with every release - from 2016's debut single The Ground right through to 2017's debut EP The Deeper End and the string of singles that have arrived since - that deepens their discography and, in the process, deepens a sound amongst the country's most brilliant and show-stopping.
Over the last twelve months, this has particularly grown true. Within the space of the last year, the four-piece have showcased their well-recognised charm and gritty alt-rock with singles amongst their best to-date, with the three-peat hattrick of Just Exist, Pull Apart Heart and Swimming Pool seeing the group step forward and diversify their sound within the many little facets of rock their home genre can occupy.
Their latest EP, the long-titled A STATE OF LIVING IN AN OBJECTIVE REALITY, brings these three singles - plus two other new tracks - and their switching sounds into the forefront, showcasing exactly how far Eliza & the Delusionals have come to evolve and grow in the time since sharing their debut EP three years ago now. As a collection, A STATE OF LIVING IN AN OBJECTIVE REALITY's tracks dissect and break-down personal change and emotive imbalance; sweeping guitar instrumentals and charging, pace-keeping percussion forming a backbone for lyrics on mental health and personal growth.
Take Swimming Pool, for example. It's one of the EP's most potent and raw singles, with frontwoman Eliza Klatt reflecting on past decisions through her life with a jangly, indie-aligned instrumental not just supporting her every vocal cry, but uplifting them. "I wrote the lyrics when I could feel myself growing out of my relationship but I didn’t know how to handle it, so I would just stay where I was and keep repeating the same things that weren’t helping me." Just Exist is another highlight; lyricism on depression and imbalance finding centre frame as the weight moves onto Eliza's rich, emotionally-charged vocal.
As an EP that has five tracks heavily centred around mental health and personal growth, there's a lot to take away from A STATE OF LIVING IN AN OBJECTIVE REALITY that makes it quite a deep, and somewhat dark listen. However, if everything is becoming a bit too much at the moment and exploring depression and anxiety through music isn't at the front of your priorities - understandable, to be fair - you can at least take away the fact that Eliza & The Delusionals are taking charge with their new EP, and blossoming into something special as we enter the new decade.
Dive into the EP below, with a track-by-track walkthrough from the band that dissects its creation and lyrical themes one song at a time - it's the perfect accompaniment to a great, well-rounded record worth paying attention to.
This song is about diving back into the same bad decisions because you're stuck and it's easier for you to just stay where you are instead of moving on. This was something that I continued to do to myself, and even though that's what was comfortable and familiar it was just a constant string of bad decisions.
Pull Apart Heart
I was going through a lot of personal changes at the time, and I had to make a lot of decisions to direct where my life was going. I remember writing down the words 'pull apart heart' in my notebook and really connecting with it, because it was exactly how I felt. The rest of the song wrote itself around that idea.
This song was written about the balance between feeling depressed but feeling inspired by that. I think it's a balance that most creatives and songwriters could relate to. The band went through a lot of changes just before we went into the studio with this song, so it was real release for us to record it.
I think when you're struggling with mental health it's really easy to feel alone and like you're the only one who has ever felt this way. So this one is really about dealing with those feelings.
Feel it All (And Nothing)
This one is probably one of my personal favourites from the EP. I was going through a really hard time with my mental health, and I really didn't know how to handle it all. I knew I had to make changes for myself in my personal life, but I didn't have the strength to do it and it was a really awful time. This song kind of got me through that part and helped me make sense of my feelings and encouraged me to do what was best for myself.
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