DEAR WILLOW PRESENTS A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON SUFFERING ANXIETY WITHIN A RELATIONSHIP IN NEW SINGLE
Since 2012 Dear Willow has gone through several transformations, from solo act into a four piece, and we’ve watched vocalist/guitarist Em-J’s sophisticated lyrics and signature sound melds together with punchy guitars and solid groove. Think smooth riffs, double kicks and singing like a bird….
After focussing the last year on live shows to support their 2018 EP and honing their craft, the band have been likened to a sound reminiscent of Warpaint or Wolf Alice, yet far enough removed to be in their own niche. Their chemistry is evident at shows, with each member bringing a unique ingredient to the table. From Callan’s heavy hybrid drumming, to Melinda’s riff work lacing carefully around Em-J’s soft, lilting voice, to Jye’s colourful and driving bass lines, each flavour works to build a sound that is dynamic and full-bodied.
"I know I go to strange places and they're all in my head"
“Dolly”, the bands newest offering is another step into alternative territory. A punchy alt rock intro instantly pulls you into the contrast between bold instrumentation and soft sireneqsue vocals. The song is a raw glimpse into frontwoman EmJ Dau's personal experience of suffering mental health issues whilst being in a long term relationship.
She explores issues of feeling like a burden, passing responsibility to the "healthy" partner and the long-term effects of leaning on one person and the power shift that it creates.
Producer Yanto Browning worked with the band to live track the song at Airlock Studios.
Dear Willow are supporting the release of Dolly at the Brightside on August 8 as part of Valley Sounds.