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Having only released his debut track late last year, 19-year old singer-songwriter Budjerah has already amassed a legion of fans, supported the likes of Thelma Plum and Lime Cordiale, and today shares his debut EP, Budjerah. Having struck a kinship with ARIA Award-winning artist Matt Corby, the Australian legend served as the EP’s producer with the pair spending countless hours crafting the carefully curated release together. The result is a sparse sonic palette that wraps itself around Budjerah’s phenomenal vocals.
Fusing elements of gospel and soul with pop and R&B, the EP’s opener Missing You sets the tone for the musical journey to follow. Conceptually, the track navigates feelings of isolation, something that hits hard as we begin to return to life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Exhibiting the singers silky smooth vocals, the refreshing track captivates listeners with its timeless qualities and big, relaxed yet anthemic chorus.
Higher continues Budjerah's dynamic fusion of gospel, soul and R&B, set atop a glistening soundscape produced by Matt Corby. Made complete with evocative lyricism, Budjerah’s vocals reach new heights throughout the song, taking listeners higher and higher. The track is a feel good celebration, savouring the stress-free moments in life that bring joy and happiness.
The release finds its quietest moment in Shoulda Coulda, with pared back production. The first song Budjerah wrote with Corby, the track juxtaposes its predecessor, documenting and fixating on moments that went wrong. The EP’s finale Pyro brings the 90’s heat, ushering neo soul into a contemporary soundscape. The tracks harmonious blend of finger picked guitar, synths and Budjerah’s vocals builds into an epic track to rival the greats.
On his debut EP, Budjerah crafts a compelling and timeless release, with his knack for elevated storytelling embedded within each track. With moments that hark back to Whitney Houston and Usher, the profound release introduces us to one of Australia’s best new voices.
Budjerah is out now!