Woodes, Australia’s Most Captivating Creative Mind, Shares “Forever After”
February 3, 2023 BY Tamara Simons
Today, Australian singer-songwriter Elle Graham, the artist behind Woodes, shares the enthrallingly brooding new single “Forever After,” along with a hypnotic music video. Directed by Nick Mckk, the visual companion takes her fans on an adventurous hike through, The Grampians, one of Australia’s most renowned national parks, exploring the wilderness, mountains, and greenery. “Forever After” is charming, wistful, and vulnerable as Graham’s vocals take one on a journey through a personal relationship to discovering love after loss and trials of grieving. Woodes music creates a universe with each release that intertwine her love for music, visual art, fashion, and beyond. “Forever After” is now available on all digital platforms here.
Elle shares, “I wrote ‘Forever After’ about love and the process of moving on, alongside grief. I started writing this at the start of 2022, after the breakdown of a relationship. I packed my things and moved interstate. ‘Forever After’ was the thought that I wouldn’t want to erase the love or the story; they’re a part of me forever. Personally, I was rebuilding everything around me, including my relationship with music after the time in the pandemic. I found myself playing piano again, writing songs to heal. I found myself hiking and returning to nature, starting to reconnect with myself. I’m so proud of the process. It feels like my most personal work.”
Woodes released her self-titled debut EP in 2016, gaining audiences both in Australia (where she found herself on many “ones to watch” lists) and internationally. Since then, she’s toured with the likes of Thelma Plum, Asgier, and Sylvan Esso and appeared at multiple festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, SXSW & Beyond the Valley, amongst headline tours of her own. Her cinematic 2018 EP Golden Hour spawned two triple j favorites, “Dots” and “Run For It,” both arriving on the back of the hugely popular collaboration with Set Mo – “I Belong Here” – which has been certified Platinum in Australia.
In her own work throughout this time, Woodes continued to merge music and fashion, incorporating her stylistic influences into her music and the worlds she builds around it. In music videos, she conceptualized how to bring stories to life. On the live stage, she was compared to contemporaries such as Bjork, AURORA, Arctic Lake, and Mr. Little Jeans through her larger-than-life costume design. Having modeled for clients such as Chanel, David Jones & Myer, her styling and presentation have become as renowned as something that goes hand-in-hand with each release.
Woodes’ debut album Crystal Ball came out at the end of 2020, receiving a 4-star review from NME & charting at #3 on the Australian Independent Album Charts. “How Long I’d Wait” was added to high rotation & fan-favorite “Close” was named one of Youtube’s Top Aussie Songs of 2020. Woodes signed to Nettwerk Music Group in 2022 and will release new music throughout 2023.