September 24, 2022

It’s becoming that Stella Donnelly named her new album Flood — a title that calls to thoughts a pure catastrophe as a lot because it does an outpouring of emotion.

The singer-songwriter wrote her sophomore LP following a one-two punch of unlucky circumstances: Her boyfriend’s father had simply misplaced his dwelling within the brushfires that wrecked the japanese coast of Australia in early 2020. As destiny would have it, simply as Donnelly make the trek to assist him transfer into his new home, COVID-19 struck.

“We discovered too late that the border to the place we dwell in Western Australia had closed, so we truly had no means of getting again,” Donnelly tells Consequence over Zoom.

Donnelly made herself a brief dwelling in Bellingen, New South Wales, a “pretty nation city” about midway between Brisbane and Sydney. Right here, she leaned into her behavior of birdwatching (a flock of banded stilts, a local Aussie shorebird, function within the cowl photograph of Flood) and soaked within the nature, taking a much-needed second to reset earlier than she was lastly allowed to return dwelling to Perth. However, in fact, disconnecting from her ordinary way of life had its share of pitfalls.

“I misplaced my sense of self [in Bellingen],” Donnelly explains. “I misplaced any kind of ego, or something round music, as a result of we weren’t certain if we’d ever play exhibits once more and it simply felt just like the world was form of stopping endlessly. So I forgot about my greater self in a means, and simply form of went again to who I’m. Going again to Perth with that feeling gave me that kind of power to put in writing.”

Apart from the plain perks of being again dwelling, it additionally gave Donnelly entry to a piano, an instrument she hadn’t toyed with a lot since childhood. The place her 2019 debut Watch out for the Canines was composed of playful, guitar-forward folk-pop, a lot of Flood places the keys entrance and heart, whether or not it’s on a sprightly quantity like “Lungs” or a gutwrenching ballad like “Underwater.”

“With a guitar, you’re hiding behind it, and it’s defending you, and you may put pedals on it,” Donnelly says. “You may make it distorted, you may form of make it what you need. Whereas a piano, it’s simply there, and it’s gonna sound like a piano… simply that trustworthy sound. And I discovered that I couldn’t write something pretentious. I may solely write earnestly after I was enjoying on it, as a result of it simply felt like no matter it was that I used to be enjoying held extra reverence for me.”

No matter her instrument of selection, Donnelly’s music has been extremely revered since she broke out in 2017 with “Boys Will Be Boys,” a chilling commentary on sufferer blaming in instances of sexual assault. On Flood, she explores an identical theme on tracks like “Underwater,” which was impressed by her current ambassador work with a girls’s and kids’s shelter for home violence survivors.

“The statistic that I walked out with that day that was simply caught to my mind was that on common, it takes somebody seven tries to go away an abusive relationship earlier than they will efficiently depart,” Donnelly says. “So [‘Underwater’ is] a letter to an ex, it’s a ‘fuck you,’ nevertheless it’s additionally a extra mature ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ in a means, the place it’s somewhat bit extra delicate.”

Discover out extra in regards to the backstory of Flood by watching the total interview with Donnelly above. Then, head over to Ticketmaster to seize tickets to see her on tour this fall.

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