Six independent Australian record labels, Osborne Again, Dinosaur City Records, Spunk Records, Hotel Motel Records, Blossom Rot Records and Inertia Music have come together to release Stay Inside: Songs From the Great Indoors. To be released track a day style across the month of April, the 20+ artists include Cool Sounds, Snowy Band, Good Morning, Emma Russack, e4444e, Navy Gangs and Annie Hamilton. All tracks were or will be written, recorded or finally finished in the artists homes during the current coronavirus pandemic induced self-isolation period. The compilation aims to serve a dual purpose in providing a respectful reminder to all to remain self-isolated for as long as is needed and a quiet celebration of the creative power that can be generated staying indoors in adverse times.
After being kicked off on Friday by The Diana’s with ‘Million Dollar Baby, the weekend sees Osborne Again contribute tracks two and three with not one but two debut singles. ‘Romance At The Petrol Station’ a Stolen Violin cover from Popfilter, a new group consisting of members from the recently disbanded The Ocean Party while the other is the solo debut from Melbourne artist Emma Shields (Focus Group, Jeffers Limit). Taking its cue from 60s pop, ‘Lucy’ is marked by its straightened beat and Shields’ insistently sanguine vocal and adorned with the guarded optimism of swirling carousel like synths and harmonies both celestial and celebratory. Listen below.
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Emma Shields (AUS)
From the compilation, ‘Stay Inside: Songs From the Great Indoors’, Osborne Again.