Meet Mulholland Blond and his slick debut single, Control
The funk-driven and nostalgic pop single arrives with a second track too, titled Tangerine.
It seems that every second day I'm writing about the incredible promise of Australian pop's next-gen, whether it's artists like Kota Banks and Muki pushing their careers in new directions with new singles and EPs or acts like Melbourne's Sam Bluer, who charmed us with his debut single Shift earlier this year. Sydney-based musician Mulholland Blond is an act more-so in the second category, launching onto our radars with a ridiculously slick and well-made debut single titled Control.
Fuelled with a funk-flavoured backbone, Control is dripping with this sultry 90s pop feeling which is both nostalgic and undeniably sensual, combining these influences with a hazy vocal line and subtle melodies to really draw that self-described "sex-pop" feeling out of the single. "I wanted to emulate the suffocating feeling of being so obsessed or fixated by a someone," he says on the single, which arrives with an accompanying b-side titled Tangerine. "Whether you're deeply in love or have only just met, that you entirely lose control in their presence. That idea to me is very romantic." Check out the track below, and better get to know the Australian pop young-gun before he blows up over the rest of the year:
Tell us about yourself?
I'm a Sydney-based artist telling my story through song and making you feel a little sexier along the way.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
Of course, you can hear electronic and RnB influences but stripped back, they’re pop songs and that’s important to me. I’ve been such a huge fan of pop music all my life that I think it would be dishonest to turn my back on my biggest influence to try and avoid a pop music tag. I embrace it.
What are your production and writing process like?
I’m lucky enough to have the resources to produce and write my own music. I usually start with a beat or a chord structure that makes me feel a little something. I think a good beat or chord progression is the true backbone of your song, before people listen to your lyrics or get hooked on the melody they need something to make them move or feel a certain way.
Once I’ve got something I’m confident with I’ll start on a vocal melody which in turn leads to my least favourite part of the process, writing lyrics. I tend to be quite introverted when it comes to discussing how I feel. So writing about it usually takes time but it’s a good process for me to put myself through. Get under the microscope. A bit of self-evaluation. After that ordeal, I’ll usually come back to the production and try to get things sounding a little more me.
Can you tell us about your new single Control?
With Control, I wanted to emulate the suffocating feeling of being so fixated or obsessed with a certain someone, whether you're madly in love with them or have only just met, that you entirely lose control in their presence. That idea to me is very romantic.
What’s the rest of the year have in store for you?
I’m going to be releasing a new single every month for the rest of the year, so lots of new music and music videos to match. I feel like I’ve been living in the shadows with my music for a while now so it’s going to feel great to get a lot of it out there and I'm really psyched to have people listen to the music I make. Live shows too.
Where can we find your music?
All the usual suspects; Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube etc.
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