Mallrat Sings Of Unconditional Love On New Song Named After Her Dog, Charlie
August 7, 2019 BY Nettwerk
Having grown up in the sleepy town of Brisbane, Australia, Mallrat finds beauty in the mundane. With refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life layered over saccharine melodies, there’s a slow-burning restlessness in her sound that is impossible to ignore.
Today, she debuts her stirring new song and accompanying video, “Charlie” via Paper Magazine and announces her forthcoming EP, Driving Music out September 6, 2019.
Named after her golden labrador, Charlie, Mallrat’s wistful vocals are delicately stacked against shimmering textures of pop. Shot on 8mm film, the nostalgic video is a perfect accompaniment to the track and features a cameo by Charlie himself.
“The song’s soft piano riffs and Mallrat’s hypnotic vocals invite listeners to the nostalgia of her youth. In the “Charlie” video, directed by her friend Tim Hardy, she rides her bike through the streets of Melbourne and gives the viewer a look inside her previous life coming of age in Brisbane, Australia. It also featuresMallrat’s sweet family Labrador, Charlie, whom the song is named after. Even Mallrat’s father makes a cameo, which she says she filmed separately on Super 8 footage until Hardy decided to include it. “- Paper Magazine
The Driving Music EP is a departure from her sun-dappled pop heard on her 2018 EP, In The Sky. The new release sees Grace experiment with a more melancholic side of pop, while opening up about her family and experiences in her life. From the slow moving ballad, “Stay,” and glitchy pop veneer of “When I Get My Braces Off” and it’s scarily relatable lyrics that read like they could have been pulled straight from the pages of your 16 year old self’s diary, Shaw seeks to make sense of all the wonderfully confusing feelings that come with growing up.
The 20-year old Australian artist has a penchant for writing sticky melodies that you just can’t shake. Her songs that nestle comfortably between pop and indie hip hop has garnered attention from the likes of NY Times, Stereogum and more, including NPR– who said that the only downside to listening to her track, “Better” is that “your heart may actually explode with happiness.” PAPER Magazine recently named her in their “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop”. After making it onto Best of 2018 lists by The FADER, Billboard, NOISEY, and Triple J, Teen Vogue deemed her one of “16 Young Musicians You Need to Be Listening to In 2019.”
“Groceries” the single from her 2018 EP, In The Sky, has received significant Alternative Radio airplay at SiriusXM Alt Nation, Radio 104.5/Philly, KITS/San Francisco, KRBZ/Kansas City, KQGO Minneapolis, KKDO Sacramento & more, in addition to Discovery Features with WNYL/New York, KNDD Seattle, KFRR/Fresno, WLKK/Buffalo, 91x/San Diego and named a “Critical Cut” and Top 5 Advanced Placement on SiriusXM Alt Nation. In the past year, she has toured alongside Maggie Rogers, gnash, and Post Malone, and recently headlined a sold-out tour across Australia. She has also found a fan in Mark Ronson after the two struck up an unlikely friendship after Shaw claimed that Ronson was Marshmallo.
Mallrat will also be touring with friend and collaborator, Allday this Fall. The two first teamed up for Allday’s track, “Baby Spiders,” and then reunited last summer for Mallrat’s single “UFO.” The tour will begin in Australia this August and continue to North America starting September 19th.
8/12 San Diego, CA @ The Music Box
9/18 // Chicago, IL // Subterranean
9/19 // Pontiac, MI // The Pike Room
9/20 // Toronto, ON // Velvet Underground
9/22 // Montreal, QB @ Le Ministere
9/24 // Philadelphia, PA // Voltage Lounge
9/26 // Washington, DC // DC9
9/27 // Cambridge, MA // Middle East Upstairs
9/28 // Brooklyn, NY // Baby’s All Right
10/3 // Vancouver, BC // Fox Cabaret
10/4 // Seattle, WA // Barboza
10/5 // Portland, OR // Holocene
10/8 // Santa Ana, CA // Constellation Room
10/9 // Los Angeles, CA // The Echo
10/11 // San Francisco, CA // Rickshaw Stop
10/13 // Austin, TX // Austin City Limits Music Festival*
* Mallrat only