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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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ILUKA has teamed up with Aussie legends Lime Cordiale to bring us a slice of indie-pop goodness! Produced by Aron Forbes (Billie Eilish, Halsey, Banks) Mess is as infectious as it is theatrical and captivating.

A match made in heaven, ILUKA's mesmerising vocals work in perfect unison with Lime Cordiale frontman Louis Leimbach's smooth and sultry tones, whilst the commemorate those wild nights you find yourself placed within as a youth. Navigating feelings of heartbreak, glory and confusion, you can't help but bop along to the infectious doo-wops and bright piano chords laced throughout the track.

Speaking of the release, ILUKA shares: "I have been friends with Louis and Oli (Lime Cordiale) for years and so when I had the idea for the song I sent it straight through to them as a rough voice memo, warts and all. I envisioned it as a story between two lovers reflecting on a past relationship and a more carefree time in their life. They loved the song and idea so together we fleshed it out and ‘Mess’ was born!”

“When she played the first acoustic phone recording of ‘Mess’ we were hooked and definitely a bit chuffed to be asked to collab on the track” Lime Cordiale adds “Iluka has always been an artist that has really impressed us. We grew up playing together, sharing stages in venues and house parties throughout the Northern Beaches of Sydney and eventually touring Australia. An incredible songwriter and performing artist who we are big fans of. ‘Mess’ really captures the beauty of the dazed and foolish moments we had growing as artists and friends together. Warehouse dwellings and carefree nights."

Directed by Sophia Devries, the track arrives alongside a wild and spirited visual, telling the tale of a story we all know too well: what happened last night? "The ‘MESS’ music video was a hybrid vision between Iluka and me, we both wanted to create a surrealistic, almost dream-like environment the characters exist in." says Devries. "The highly-stylised aesthetic draws inspiration from the likes of Wes Anderson and Glen Luchford. We had such a talented team to bring this vision to life including DOP Jack Shepherd and colourist Matt Fezz. It was shot at an amazing old church that has been restored as a home in the Blue Mountains."

Mess is out now! Watch the visual below.


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