by Thomas Bedward October 18, 2021
Soul-driven pop trio outfit have unveiled their grippingly honest debut, ‘sunny’. The single wrap Tim Tan’s infectious pop melodies around warm grooves and lush chords while narrating battles of internal headspace so vividly you’d mistake them for your own.
For fans of Ruel, HONNE and Budjerah, ‘sunny’ was entirely written and produced by outfit. The single gives an exciting taste of what’s still to come from this breath-of-fresh air group, landing with an evocative punch. The song itself stems from an original idea Tim had, after struggling to fall asleep. Perfectly capturing the unpredictable nature of recent times, ‘sunny’ exists for those in-between moments: trying to fall asleep but at the same time, trying to find that glimmering thing to wake up and carry on for.
The band explained, “The concept surrounded the sentiment of “I woke up, but in a way, I guess I could have kept sleeping” describing the cyclical nature of day-to-day life at the time. We were in between houses, work in the music industry took a dive due to the pandemic and really, we just needed a light at the end of the tunnel to move closer to. From there the song grew into a full concept dealing with issues around mental health and finding comfort in what and who you have around you to collectively move towards the sunnier, sunnier, sunnier place.”
That a song like ‘sunny’ is this catchy is unsurprising when considering the songwriting talent within outfit. Originally meeting in Perth, the group have been working together and across different projects for some time now. Tim himself already has songwriting credits with Australian artists such as Jaguar Jonze & Enschway. On the other side of the world, he has credits in the ever-evolving world of Kpop with records for aespa and ENHYPEN. His catalogue alone has accumulated a staggering 200,000,000 plus streams, over 3 Million physical unit sales and 4 Japanese #1 albums - and with outfit, he’s exploring even more influences and inspired ideas.
For the ‘sunny’ music video, outfit brought the fun to band members' houses and home studios with direction from Aydin Bozkurt, as the band continued, “We really wanted to paint a picture about what the song represents to us and what it could represent to others, so we were focused on filming the video at home and depicting a time of unrest between close friends. We really felt like it was important during this time to speak about how deeper conversation can really be the missing element in the lives of people close to you and most issues are positively affected by conversation and not silence, especially with the world dealing with new kinds of connections & disconnections.”
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