Julia Jacklin

Tamworth-raised Charlie Collins releases her enchantingly emotive debut album, 'Snowpine'

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Describing the musical journey she’s been on since a child, Snowpine exposes who Charlie Collins is, who she has loved, what she’s been through, and what she struggles with. The artist adds:

“I hope you enjoy my life book, my story, and maybe understand me a little better.”

Collins, raised on a record collection of storytelling, was getting onto the stage of the local pub at 11-years-old. Every track on the vulnerable body of work is an authentic, unfiltered portrayal of real-life experiences.

The release of ‘Please Let Me Go’ in late May received an overwhelmingly encouraging response, setting her up well for the release of her debut record. The controlled balance within every track makes you forget the artist is only a year into her professional career.

The powerful third track of the LP, ‘Who’s Gonna Save You Now’, encompasses echoing guitars and contemplative lyrics which create an intimate connection between musician and listener.

‘Space between’, as raw as the emotions it evokes, utilises an elegantly downtempo acoustic melody for Collins’ vocals to float above. ‘Unwell’ is similar to ‘Space between’ in its sound and subject matter, though it still manages to find a beautiful contrast through acute instrumentation. Both songs reveal a gentler side to Collins’ ever-expanding discography of alt-country infused indie rock.

The energetic album, filled to the brim with strong vocals, catchy hooks, and harmonica melodies, is a captivating gem from start to finish.

Charlie Collins joined Gang of Youths on their record-breaking sold out Say Yes To Life tour in 2018, and was commended for her incredible performances. Additionally, she also performed at Gang Of Youth’s self-curated festival in Brisbane, A More Perfect Union, alongside Jack River, Luca Brasi, Thelma Plum, and Publique. Collins kicked off her 2019 with stunning sets at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival following the release of third single ‘Beautifully Blind’.

Moreover, Charlie Collins has recently announced she’ll be supporting Kasey Chambers on her massive Australian tour in September 2019. Make sure you listen to Snowpine below; it’s not one to miss.

Asha Jefferies’ Glorious Debut EP Will Hit You Where It Hurts & Then Heal You Again

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Off the back of three widely-adored singles, Brisbane teen singer-songwriter Asha Jefferies has unveiled her full debut EP, Hold Yourself Together, in all of its heartfelt glory.

Asha’s dizzying soprano deftly switches from sparrow mode to hawk mode across this disc’s sublime six-track soundscape, fluttering delicately in the tear-jerking acoustic passages of title track ‘Hold Yourself Together’ before soaring with a ferocious strength in the guitar-powered bars of ‘Absence & Copyright’.

For anyone feeling particularly vulnerable in the feels department when listening to this, a warning: Jefferies’ deeply personal and emotionally wrought lyricism will cut you right to the core, and after it breaks you down, it will lift you back up again. Which is a pretty damn magical accomplishment, especially for someone so young.

Talking about her first body of work, Jefferies explains:

"This EP took so long because I decided to value honesty over everything else. The way in which I write is so subliminal and is difficult to seperate myself from. It is dripping in sub-conscious truths. Hearing that shit back through speakers as a teenager can be terrifying. A lot can get swept up and away when you lay tracks down and mark them for what they are in recordings. This two year climbing and building mountain was one of learning how to present myself and my work in its most authentic form, no matter how ugly, scary and real it is. Diving deep into vulnerable waters is murky territories, but it’s the only format in which music matters - to connect."

Produced over the last 12 months with Miro Mackie (St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Bishop Briggs) and Simon Nelson, Hold Yourself Together is available now and you can take it for a spin right here.

And to celebrate the big release, the exquisitely talented crooner is hitting the road on a massive national tour this month. Peep all the dates below.

Asha Jefferies Live Dates

FRI FEB 8 | BLACK BEAR LODGE | BRISBANE (QLD)

SAT FEB 9 | BYRON BAY BREWERY | BYRON BAY (NSW)

THUR FEB 14 | GOLDEN AGE CINEMA | SYDNEY (NSW)

FRI FEB 15 | RETREAT HOTEL | MELBOURNE (VIC)

SAT FEB 16 | THE ESPY | MELBOURNE (VIC)

SUN FEB 17 | THE PORCH SESSIONS | BRIGHTON (SA)

FRI MAR 1 | NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL | NANNUP (WA)