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Australian musician Oscar Thorburn is back with another spatial and atmospheric track, Vortex. Having won a recording session through the American Express Music Backers Studio Week initiative, Thorburn worked on the track with Dan Frizza at Forbes St Studios.

Opening with mesmerising vocal harmonies, the clarity of Thorburn's vocals cut through the swelling sonics, his ethereal vocals accompanied by slick guitar work from Andrew Dean and spellbinding percussion by Miles Thomas. "The quality of these guys work and professionalism never ceases to amaze me and they have all taken my songs to another level." Thorburn says of his collaborators. Conceptually, Vortex navigates the whirlwind emotional residue following the end of a relationship, analysing the musicians headspace and mental health and how those factors contributed.

Speaking of the release, Thorburn shares with MILKY: "Vortex is about moving on from strong feelings by trying to completely forget about that person, while not placing any blame on them which helped me start to find myself after being lost in years of depression. The headspace I was in I would tend to put a lot of blame on my relationships for my lack of mental health when really my mental health was to blame for a lot of relationship breakdowns I have experienced. This is the first song that I have written while being in a good headspace and is the work I am most proud of to date."

Following the release of his debut EP last year, Lost My Mind, Thorburn was a Top 10 finalist in Tones an I's "thatonesong" Competition, an initiative launched by the ARIA-award winning musician to help and nurture the talent of emerging artists struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thorburn will be joining Tones an I on her current tour, opening for the singer at her upcoming Sydney shows at the Enmore Theatre next week.

Vortex is out now!


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