Moodscapes abound New Zealand’s indie-pop fantasizer, Sofia Machray as she hits the ground running with her anticipated debut single Handstands - an 80’s indie-pop summer classic which pulls on the heartstrings of pure melodrama.
Infused with shimmery guitar tones and lush vocal harmonies ‘Handstands’ opens up a world of nostalgic sound, allowing listeners to relate and reminisce with sounds that are timeless. The vibrant new release came about on a hot summer's evening by the 20-year-old emerging artist and her bandmates, “I wrote the bones of the song in my garden one afternoon, I then took it to my band to help me piece together the rest of the puzzle.” She says. The quality of instrumentation from drummer Anna Wild, guitarist Robbie Pattinson, and bassist Devon Brassfield helped Sofia to craft the overall atmosphere of the track. The song is about embracing the chaos and messiness of adolescence, with a kiwi summer twist. Sofia’s powerful vocals paired with ghostly backing vocals blend seamlessly into the perfect conflicted message that her lyrics intended, leaving you with a bittersweet tang.
Recorded in Wellington, New Zealand, with producer and collaborator Robbie Pattinson and mixed/engineered by Surgery Studio’s Lee Prebble, the track has a sense of kiwi ingenuity about it. Lee has worked with artists such as Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Dave Dobbyn, and now Sofia to deliver the vibrant track.
The past year for New Zealand’s upcoming has been packed with shows and collaborations in preparation for her debut single. Sofia has always had a passion for songwriting, picking up a guitar at the tender age of five and a decade later performing her songs to large audiences. Since then Machray has a large focus on crafting atmospheric music with her band that is not exclusive to any type of listener or genre. Now, with her debut single ‘Handstands’, Sofia is fast at making a name for herself in the industry, being just the beginnings for the indie-pop up-comer.
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