Mallrat Releases Glittering New Song + Video “Nobody’s Home”
February 1, 2019 BY Nettwerk
“All the awkwardness and annoyances of suburban teenage life find their way into the songs of Grace Shaw, a 19-year-old Australian who calls herself Mallrat. She worries, and doesn’t worry, about fitting in or being liked; she mocks the comforts of sterile surroundings. Her songs turn mild rap cadences into singsong melodies, set to vamps that match guitar or piano chords with perky electronics.” – The New York Times
“Why We’re Excited: A singer, songwriter and rapper who records under the name Mallrat, Grace Shaw is taking off internationally on the strength of “Better,” an irrepressibly sparkling slice of dreamy pop. The only downside to “Better”: If you crank it on the year’s first spring day, your heart may actually explode with happiness. (Still, though, you should try it.)” – NPR
+ praise from The New York Times, NPR, NME, Paper Magazine, NYLON, Idolator, Stereogum, V Magazine + more
With refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her painfully relatable and confessional lyrics, and a penchant for writing sticky melodies that you just can’t shake, 20 year old Mallrat (Grace Shaw) is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s next big name in pop music.
Today, the Brisbane artist arrives with the glittering pop song, “Nobody’s Home.” Drenched in glimmering melodies and melancholic textures, the song echoes of a slow burning restlessness built from ill-timed feelings of unrequited love. Much like most of Mallrat’s imagery, the accompanying video for “Nobody’s Home” is washed in pastel shades. Set in an empty house with no one to judge her, Mallrat feels confident in confessing her relationship frustrations, haunted only by her own ghosts who serve as her audience from room to room.
“This song started as a voice memo, recorded in a bathroom in Japan, about a year and a half ago,” she explained. “My friend was sleeping in the next room so I turned on the shower and sung really quietly so that she wouldn’t hear me recording. About six months later I met up with Basenji in Sydney and the song started to take shape.” – Mallrat
“Nobody’s Home” marks the highly anticipated return of Mallrat and follows the release of her critically acclaimed EP, “In The Sky” in July 2018.
Mallrat spent most of 2018 busy forging a reputation as one of the most endearing live performers, capturing the hearts of audiences while touring with Maggie Rogers in the US, opening for Post Malone and headlining festivals across Australia. She went into SXSW with NPR highlighting her in their Austin 100, and finished the week with The New York Times naming her as one of 17 Acts That Stood Out AtThe Fest.
PAPER Magazine named her as one of “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop”, NME included her in their Essential NME 100, and alongside praise from NYLON, Beats1, V Magazine, Billboard and others, she closed out the year with her song “Groceries” making FADER’s Top Tracks of 2018, and “UFO” on NOISEY’s 100 Best Songs. “Groceries” has since gone gold in Australia, coming in at #7 in the coveted Triple J Hottest 100, with “UFO” at #70.
Mallrat is currently touring the States with gnash, and will head to Europe to support Maggie Rogers this Spring. All tour dates are HERE.