Listen to Heaven On My Own, a new collab between Dallas Woods and Miiesha
Dallas Woods confronts his demons in the follow-up single to his collaboration with Baker Boy and Sampa The Great.
If there's one artist seemingly making 2020 his break-out year, it's Dallas Woods. The Melbourne-via-East Kimberley Noongar musician has been rising at a steady pace ever since his 2018 debut, teaming up with acts like Baker Boy and Jerome Farah to release stand-out moments of hip-hop and R&B that tackle his experiences and learnings growing up as an Indigenous man, capturing both the glory and fall-outs with empowering tunes that feel remarkably in-touch with himself as a musician and as a person.
In the last 11 or so months, however, he's really stepped it up. Released earlier this year, If It Glitters It's Gold has been quick to be a stand-out moment for Dallas Woods that's taken him up to the next echelon of Australian hip-hop, something only doubled down with the release of his collaboration with Baker Boy and Sampa The Great just a few months go, in the freeing empowerment of Better Days. They're both songs that showcase Dallas' brilliance in different positions, capturing his strengths as a solo musician and guest collaborator capable of warping his distinct vocal around his collaborators, even if they're amongst the best Australia's got.
Now, he's keeping this continuing with the release of Heaven Of My Own, a stirring third single for the year featuring another break-out Indigenous act, being Pitjantjatjara and Torres Strait Islander Miiesha. It's a single that really reflects the beauty and wonder within the two 2020 heavyweights, with a funk-stepping beat nostalgic for this kind-of 90s-era hip-hop underlying fierce and focused verses by Dallas Woods, interchanged by stirring choruses which introduce one of Australia's most striking vocalists in Miiesha (who, by the way, sounds better than ever).
It's a victory lap of a song that celebrates everything Dallas Woods and Miiesha offer as two acts reflective of the future, and amongst that is also their potency within their respective lyricism, and how they use enchanting bursts of musicianship as a platform for greater discussions about life and the world around them. This time around is no different, capturing Dallas in somewhat of a reflective moment as he ponders about his demons and builds confidence to confront them, as he explains.
"I had been dealing with some demons when I heard it for the first time but was finally starting to see progress in my healing journey and resonated with it melodically and lyrically," he says on the track, which was produced by Pip Norman. "I've always had too much pride when it came to being honest about my demons because I felt it was taboo for men to show emotion and ask for help, which is the furthest thing from the truth.
"I just tried to channel the positive energy from all the things that I had been doing to get better physically and mentally and really ask questions of myself, which then allowed me to dig deeper into what heaven would look like to me. I'd just love people to embrace the positive energy this song creates!"
Take a dive into the single below:
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