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PREMIERE: The Shape of Grief

Review by Freya Bennett

Molly Mckew writes alt/folk songs that she describes as harmony-drenched and whiney – a nod to the heartfelt angst in many of her tracks. She has been performing around Melbourne in various guises since 2015, and in 2022 she released her first solo EP I couldn’t grasp it. In May, Mckew will release her first full-length album It should have been done with ease, recorded and produced at Road Noise Studios by Rowena Wise.

The shape of grief is her third single from the album, a beautiful track which captures the dejection, shock and cyclical rumination that comes from a sudden ending, synthesized in clever, rich harmonies. “I like singing about really vulnerable moments because firstly, I need to express my pain and sadness, but secondly because I think it’s important that we air these human moments of vulnerability. There’s a lot of shame that comes with heartbreak – as if it’s sort of childish, trivial, over dramatic – but it’s a very human experience, a physiological one too, and beautiful for that reason”, says Mckew.

The video was filmed and directed by Becky Salomons of Dinkum records, a folk/punk label from Melbourne who will be releasing the album. “We wanted to recreate a post-break up feeling of foggy flatness and survival in all its grot”, says Mckew. “It could even be an advert for the before part of a cleaning commercial”. The track features violin by Rowena Wise and keys by Didirri Peters. It will be launched at the Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy on March 17th.


Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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