Premiere: Ainsley Farrell shares a tender moment with Dark Spell
Catch the Sydney-based songwriter showcase at BIGSOUND this September, with more shows to come.
While US-born, Sydney-based musician Ainsley Farrell has been a musician in the public eye for a while now, the last two years have really seen her flourish into something special. On her 2017 debut EP Dark Hours, she showcased a light, yet deeply emotive singer-songwriter charm that juxtaposed chiming melodies with lyricism quite open and vulnerable; her intriguing vocals hovering above stripped-back instrumentals that range from tender folk to jangly indie. Then, on last year's stand-alone single Walls, she grabbled with a larger national break-out, playing Austin institution SXSW amongst shows with Julia Jacklin, Angie McMahon and Stella Donnelly - three artists perhaps amongst Australia's most acclaimed and adored this lyrically-rich folk-pop space.
In the time since, she's been busy fleshing out her next move (a new album, presumably), with the arrival of a new single today also opening a new chapter for one of Australia's most beautiful songwriters. Titled Dark Spell, the single is a rich folk-pop tune that combines soft harmonies and gentle rhythms; a stripped-away instrumental forming a pace for Farrell's woozy vocal to swirl above with a touch of heartbreak that comes from the single's theme. "Dark Spell is about losing yourself in a relationship and letting it turn you into something you're not," she says on the single, which arrives ahead of showcases at BIGSOUND and a support slot for Asha Jefferies in late-September. "I wrote it about the falling apart of that relationship and the one-sided heartbreak that came of it."
Dive into the track below, with her upcoming tour dates underneath:
AUG 23 - Yulli's Brews, Alexandria, Sydney
SEP 4 - BIGSOUND, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
SEP 5 - BIGSOUND, Empire Hotel, Brisbane
SEP 21 - Asha Jefferies, Low 302, Sydney
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