HANDSOME continues her run with new single, EP announce, tour dates
One of our favourite Australian electronic acts proves once again that she's on a whole other level.
Header photo by Anna Hay.
Sydney musician HANDSOME (formerly known as Caitlin Park) has been one of our favourite Australian break-outs of the past twelve months, with the pair of singles she's released thus far - the Joyride-featuring Late Night Ball Game and the effortlessly beautiful Save Some Love - placing her as not just a tremendous rising force musically, but also a v-important one. Through her singles thus far (and her upcoming debut EP, which we'll dive into a bit more in a second), HANDSOME has been touching on some pretty significant issues within the queer community, with Late Night Ball Game (which was remixed by Aus dance legends Stereogamous) exploring the struggle of revealing secrets to those close to you through the example of coming out, and Save Some Love - one of our favourite singles of the year thus far - providing a much-welcomed message of self-care and love in the wake of the same-sex marriage plebiscite, one supported by its touching official video.
With her debut EP No Hat No Play out September 21 via Dot Dash Recordings / Remote Control and a full east-coast headline tour arriving with it (deets at the end of this article), HANDSOME has just given us the EP's next tease, arriving in another brilliant single in No Cowards. No Cowards is a bit more of an upbeat number from the rising musician, uniting her dazzling vocals with an up-tempo production that feels as elegant and slick as ever with its bright synth work, snappy percussion and thick bassline. It's a joyful and vibrant take on her brilliant sound that will be further explored on her debut EP, which she comes with a message of self-expression and proudness. "I feel like the world is having a moment of celebrating one’s self-expression, it is powerful at this time to be yourself and I guess this also comes at a time when I know myself better than ever," she says on the EP. "It took time for me to know who was, and now its here I want to do whatever I can to encourage and support others to be brave and proud of who they are through my music."
Watch the single's self-directed video below (which features cameos from people like Joyride, Stereogamous and more), and be sure to catch her at a number of shows across September/October - BIGSOUND included.
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