Published on 29 January 2020
Fresh from taking out #3 in triple j's Hottest 100 of 2019 for her song 'Charlie', Mallrat hits Hyper on Saturday 14 March.
When a songwriter allows themselves to expose their emotional self to the world, it takes their music to another level, opening up a whole new world of connection between the artist and their audience.
On her latest single, ‘Charlie,’ Grace Shaw – aka the rising Australian pop star Mallrat – took the bravest step of her songwriting career, writing the most heartfelt and illuminating song she’s ever penned, detailing her strained relationship with her parents, and her quest to find real love and joy in the simplest moments of life.
The song was instantly recognised by the world at large as a special moment in her evolution as an artist, with numerous fans, friends and industry outlets praising its emotional purity and the simple brilliance of its composition (care of producer Big Taste).
A gentle combination of woozy piano chords and Mallrat’s subtle, vulnerable vocals in her patented lackadaisical and charming delivery style at the forefront, the stripped-bare nation of both its musicality and its emotional content seemed to also peel away layers of the Mallrat persona we’ve grown to love, and revealed a greater glimpse of Grace Shaw the person, in a way that we’ve never really seen before. ‘Charlie’ was merely an introduction to the powerful vulnerability laid bare on Driving Music – officially released September 2019 via Dew Process and Universal Music Australia.