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End Of The Road 2018

Breaking out of Australia with the stark and poignant Boys Will Be Boys, Stella Donnelly was hailed an overnight feminist folk hero. Taking inspiration from the likes of Angel Olsen, and with a slight nod to the lyrical prowess of fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett, Donnelly’s debut and wonderfully titled Thrush Metal EP just got a re-issue on Secretly Canadian with full marks from most music press, including us. Most certainly one to watch and fawn over.

Donnelly played “Talking” in Conductors and Resistance, an art installation by the Israeli artist Ronen Sharabani that’s on display as part of the SXSW Art Program. Like Donnelly’s direct and feminist folk songs.

Stella Donnelly so far has only one EP to her name, but that’s been enough to make her sharp wit come through in sweet, quiet songs that rage loudly. The Australian singer-songwriter’s Thrush Metal EP was recently reissued in the U.S. with a bonus track, “Talking,” which she performs here surrounded by video of wires, a weaving machine and woolen yarns.

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The Thrush Metal EP originally came out last year, self-released by the artist on tape and digitally. Stella Donnelly quickly became one of Australia’s buzziest young singer-songwriters and now Secretly Canadian release the EP on Vinyl. Boys Will Be Boys is the standout track. Atop delicate, singsongy acoustic fingerpicking, Donnelly confronts a man who raped her friend and takes to task the accompanying victim-blaming. “Why was she all alone? / Wearing her shirt that low / And they said boys will be boys / Deaf to the word no,” she coos in the chorus, a slight vibrato flaring up at the corners of her lovely voice.

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Stella Donnelly is a stunning new singer songwriter talent. Powerful songs sung with a powerful voice. Listening, and watching with interest.

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I am so thrilled to be welcomed into the Secretly Canadian family who I now have an international record deal with. I am so excited to meet the whole team at SXSW! , We hailed Stella Donnelly as our 2017 Artist of the Year for her star-making live show and ability to “dissect raw subject matter with with and breathtaking incisiveness” on songs about toxic masculinity and sexual predators that felt especially on-point in a year that Weinstein-gate and the #MeToo movement trended like a tidal wave.

Whereas the clip for ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ was a more austere, meditative experience, the Charlotte Evans-directed ‘Mechanical Bull’ video is a far more colourful affair, though it’s got teeth. Set in a diner, it stars Stella as a waitress serving up mannequin parts to creepy dudes. It’s a simple but effective take that’s on the same frequency as the song’s message about the objectification of women.

Now, her stark track ‘Mechanical Bull’ has been given a visual treatment that translates those concepts into a cutting bit of satire. “The song, ‘Mechanical Bull,‘ is dedicated to people who work in hospitality who have to deal with customers, especially drunk ones, harassing them and making objectifying comments. I wrote this about my experience working in bars and it was a nice way to release some of the frustration I had!”

To celebrate this, they have re-released my Thrush Metal EP with an extra track that I wrote called ‘Talking’.  Another standout from the Perth songwriter’s Thrush Metal EP has been given a biting visual treatment.

Also for the people who have asked me about vinyls, you can now pre order the 12” white vinyl limited edition of Thrush Metal available June 22nd.

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Stella Donnelly‘s rapid rise continues with today’s announcement that she’s signed an international record deal with leading US indie label, Secretly Canadian. The signing comes after label co-founder and co-owner Ben Swanson saw the Perth songwriter’s “stunning” live shows at last year’s BIGSOUND Festival.

“With her clever, yet direct lyrics, Stella’s work is threaded with a rare mix of wit and emotion,” Swanson said.     “I couldn’t be more honoured to be working with Stella and cannot wait to hear what she unleashes on the world next.” Donnelly added, “I am so excited and grateful to be joining the Secretly Canadian family!

“I’m very grateful to be working with the people who, in turn, work with some of my favourite artists in the world and I know that Secretly Canadian is a nurturing space to write music and grow as an artist.”

Donnelly joins a roster that already boasts the likes of  Alex Cameron and Antony and the Johnsons.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the re-release of her debut EP, Thrush Metal, Donnelly has revealed the brand new music video for her track, Mechanical Bull;

Donnelly will embark on a co-headline tour of Australia with Alex The Astronaut this April;

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