Get the first look at Yorke's new single / video, Wake The City
The rising Byron Bay musician, named one to watch in 2019, continues to excel.
Header photo by Max Fairclough.
We're super proud of all the acts we named ones you should watch in 2019, and it makes us feel real good that so many are already crushing it just two months into the year - whether it be Charlie Collins, Cry Club or Sports Bra, who have all dropped new singles (or albums, in the case of the latter), across the last six weeks or so. Now, Yorke sits among these names too, kickstarting her 2019 with her second single, Wake The City. It's a worthy follow-up to her debut First Light, which on arrival a few months back, melded together the worlds of pop, indie and electronica to give us an uplifting feel bent with an obvious emotive drive, which in this case, felt present through her Robyn-esque vocal cries and lyricism on self-care and finding love. Wake The City sees her tender, emotive-driven sound make a comeback but in a different way, showing a bit of versatility and range as she soars above a more electronic production thick with soft keys and washed-out synth melodies that perfectly elevate her vocals.
It almost feels a bit like her label mate Vera Blue, somewhat mirroring Blue's craft at marrying the worlds of multiple genres in her own, emotive way that keeps things slightly more unique - perhaps a result of her working with Vera Blue collaborator Andy Mak. "We started chatting about the themes as we sat down at an old upright piano in the studio and the song just wrote itself," she says on collaborating with Mak. "Sonically, I think the track is a big turning point for me, really cementing the Yorke sound. It ended up being one of the most vulnerable and exposed songs I’ve ever written, even though on first listen, it may appear hopeful."
Arriving with a video clip directed by Charli Burrowes (MeOhMy), Wake The City really solidifies Yorke's place in a somewhat saturated realm within the Australian music world, and sets Yorke forward as an artist bound to do great, great things in the year ahead; we get the sense that Wake The City is only the start. Watch the clip below:
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