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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Brisbane native MALLRAT, aka Grace Shaw, has made her return with her shimmering new track, Rockstar. On the release, the singer brings the attitude, realising and owning her own power.

Taking inspiration from 90s dream folk icons Mazzy Star and Violent Soho, the track shines with sludgy, lethargic guitars and muffled, low-fi drums that create a dreamy nostalgic soundscape. The singers performance shines with warm and soft vocal tones, perfectly exhibiting her range narrating heartbreaking, yearning and swaggering lyrics.

Of the release, MALLRAT shares: “I feel like 'Rockstar' reminds me of a mix between Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves and Violent Soho. All through my teens (and obviously still) I loved the early Violent Soho albums self-titled and Hungry Ghost – those two albums I’ve listened to a lot and I think that’s seeped its way into the track. A lot of the songs I’ve been writing lately have been me realising my power. I wrote the chorus first, it has a completely different attitude on its own, but when you listen in the context of the verses and the really aggressive guitar outro it completely flips the perspective of everything. When I wrote the rest of the song a year later, I was feeling a lot more sure of myself. It’s interesting how time can reframe things that you still think and are still true but just give them a whole new house to sit in. I’ve always thought of myself a whisper singer and not even a very good singer, but when I listen to the chorus of ‘Rockstar’ it reminds me that I have more range than I probably even give myself credit for.”

Exploding onto the scene five years ago, MALLRAT has captivated audiences around the nation with hit tracks like Better and Groceries, and her collaborations, UFO with Allday and Nobody's Home with Basenji. Her 2019 smash hit Charlie, saw the singer elevate her songwriting to new levels. The song earned MALLRAT a top three postition on the triple j Hottest 100 and saw her make her debut appearance on US television.

Rockstar is out now! Listen to the track below.


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