Following on from a string of foundational singles, a 2021 EP that heralded her true arrival, and a strong start to 2023 with numerous music releases that have further cemented her status as an artist to watch, Romanie now delivers her debut studio album, 'Are We There Yet?'
The record, a striking collection of music that captures the energy and effervescence of one of Melbourne’s best new songwriters, is dynamic and fitting for where Romanie is in her creative journey. Already developing a strong reputation as a talented artist in her local community, the last two years have seen Romanie broaden her scope and become embraced by music communities around the country.
The release of 'Are We There Yet?' is mature, emotionally intelligent and immersive: twelve tracks of gorgeous indie compositions that speak to the heart and individuality of Romanie’s personal style. Featuring previously released singles ‘Anthony’, ‘Keep Sweet’, ‘Hallucinating’, title track ‘Are We There Yet?’, ‘Fortune Teller’ and the most recent release, ‘Cannot Have It All’, 'Are We There Yet?' comes through with emotional impact. And it becomes further fleshed out across the record, with numerous cuts highlighting Romanie’s strong brand of storytelling.
In tracks like album opener, ‘The World Is Ending As We Know It’; ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Fortune Teller’, Romanie flexes as a musician and a writer – building arrangements upon foundations of swoon-worthy vocals, guitars and rhythms. For fans of Alvvays, Big Thief and, on the rockier side, Wet Leg, this is the type of record to be gleefully immersed in.
Speaking about the album, Romanie shared, “'Are We There Yet?’ is an album about time, going through the motions and moving on. Reflecting deeply on myself, my place in this world and my relationship with others - it’s an attempt at grasping the sometimes confusing, yet beautiful chaos we live in. Sonically transforming my thoughts and finding my voice."
Romanie’s musicianship has flourished in the year that saw Melbourne come out of lockdown. Where many creative spirits were broken, Romanie found her sonic identity, and spent time locked down developing and nurturing her sound.
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