Drawing on her personal life, Melbourne based indie-pop singer/songwriter Romanie weaves her haunting storytelling alongside dreamy vocals and heartfelt lyrics on new single ‘Anthony’.
She seamlessly pairs jangling guitar riffs with chilled pop vocals on this new single, which was written after watching the movie ‘The Father’ starring Anthony Hopkins. A story and song about dementia, Romanie is unfortunately familiar with the topic having lost her grandfather who was suffering from the disease before passing away last year.
Of the new single, Romanie explained, “I remember coming home from the cinema late at night and getting this wave of inspiration. I sat down with my guitar and wrote the song almost completely in one go. We were still in and out of lockdowns and I was chatting on Zoom with my friends from overseas Michiel and Kate who encouraged me to finish the song. The first band rehearsal back, we played Anthony through and it felt like magic to make this song into something bigger with my band, so much fun.”
Mining her personal life for inspiration is something Romanie never shies away from in her songs and with ‘Anthony’ - it’s easy listening from start to finish. Her evocative writing reveals an honesty that the listener can’t help but to be compelled to love. To record the single, she enlisted the help of producers Alex O’Gorman (Angie McMahon, BATTS) and Hamish Patrick (George Alice, Gretta Ray), with Romanie also co producing the track. It was mastered by Isaac Barter (Alex The Astronaut, Didirri).
She continued, “In December 2021 I reached out to Gormie with some of my demos because I really admired his work and I got a phone call back straight away. That’s when we decided to start co-producing my music and I’m super grateful for having Gormie in my corner. My music wouldn’t be the same without him and I’m so grateful for getting him involved and becoming his friend. When we got into the studio Alex introduced me to Hamish Patrick who helped us add the amazing textures to Anthony which make the song feel so nostalgic and big.”
Romanie has been fine tuning her live performance over the past few years where she has headlined shows at Abbotsford Convent, The Cactus Room and Penny’s Bandroom, plus supported other musicians (Woodlock at The Gasometer, Grand Pine at The Curtin, Velvet Bloom at The Nightcat, Kaitlin Keegan & Mature Themes at The Retreat). She gained momentum and new fans by playing at the Macedon Ranges Music Festival, plus securing airplay on triple j, JOYFM, FBi, 4ZZZ, 2SER, SYN, Coles Radio, and a coveted AIR feature artist accolade.
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