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)