MY RECORD COLLECTION: Rising UK poet/songwriter Arlo Parks and the records that make her feel hopeful

Writing by Molly McKew // 19 year-old Arlo Parks is a singer and poet from the UK who released her debut LP this year, featuring the lead single Black Dog. Arlo writes about love, friendship and mental health and is an ambassador for mental health organisation CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). In the midst of a strange year of unknowns, Arlo told Ramona about the five records that make her feel hopeful.

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MY RECORD COLLECTION: Sweet Whirl’s five records to grieve to

Writing by Molly Mckew // Sweet Whirl has just released her latest album How Much Works, a beautifully crafted, emotive journey into songwriter Esther Edquist’s angst, pains, and pursuit of self-knowledge. We were excited to delve into songwriter Esther’s record collection with the theme ‘records to grieve to’.

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FEATURE: Tori Forsyth on latest single ‘Down Below’ + official video

Writing by Rose Sejean //‘Down Below’ packs an alt-rock punch, tackling the maddening downward spiral of intrusive thoughts and lending proof that her musical evolution is steeped in authenticity – Tori Forsyth is embracing her shadow and well and truly dancing with her darkness.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Maja is back with a new single “He Wants to Know You,” a track all about saying no.

Writing by Molly Mckew// Melbourne songwriter Maja has just released her latest single, “He Wants to Know You,” a track about empowering yourself to say no. The video playfully sketches out a day in the life of a woman learning to resist the pressure to be accommodating. We chat to Maja about the new single and the making of the video, shot around some of her favorite places in Melbourne.

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MY RECORD COLLECTION: Hannah Cameron’s isolation albums

Writing by Molly Mckew // After releasing her second LP in 2018, the poetic and insightful Hannah Cameron is back with an emotive new offering. Her new single ‘Backsliding’, was released on April 3, a track all about extracting oneself from emotional patterns and taking responsibility for moving forward. We were lucky enough to have Hannah tell us about five albums she’s listening to in isolation.

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FEATURE: How do you make a soundtrack? Filmmaker Kathleen Lee talks us through the music for new web series, ‘Sex and Death.’

Writing by Molly McKew/Kathleen Lee // Brand new web series, ‘Sex and Death’, was filmed in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs and created and produced by two local filmmakers. We chat to co-creator Kathleen Lee about the joys and challenges of curating a soundtrack and why she chose exclusively local artists.

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FEATURE: Behind the scenes at the filming of Louise Terra’s new video, J.B – a track all about the power of friendship

Writing by Molly Mckew // Louise Terra has just released her new video, J.B, and gave us first dibs on these gorgeous behind the scenes photos. Terra took herself and some close friends away to some bushland near Mount Alexander to make a bewitching video for her rich, gorgeous pop-electronica track all about her close friend Jeannie. To tie in with International Women’s day, we asked her some questions about music and the power of female friendship.

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FEATURE: We chat to the glorious women of Victoria’s Meadow festival

Writing by Molly McKew // Victoria’s Meadow festival takes place in the beautiful Otways mountain range in Victoria’s west, and we jumped at the chance to interview artists Elizabeth, Dyson Stringer Cloher, Sweet Whirl, and Elle Shimada about the festival, the live music scene here in Australia, and their delicious musical offerings.

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