Woodes Explores Growth Through Alt-Pop Soundscapes on EP ‘Kingdom Come’
June 9, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, the cinematic Australian singer-songwriter, Woodes, shares the enthralling EP, Kingdom Come, a six-song exploration of nostalgia and the journey of growth through alternative pop soundscapes. Elle Graham, the artist behind Woodes, bottles emotion, longing, and hope in authentic dynamic and dreamy anthems across this EP. With atmospheric and hypnotic melodies, Kingdom Come is here to engage, entrance, and enrapture listeners. “I love when I find music that inspires me or becomes my own soundtrack…..I hope I can write songs to accompany your soundtrack in life. If the music becomes part of your memories, there would be nothing better,” shares Elle. Kingdom Come is now available on all digital platforms here.
Woodes released her self-titled debut EP in 2016, gaining audiences both in Australia 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.
During the Pandemic, Elle found herself at the end of a long relationship, she departed Melbourne for Brisbane and collaborated in the studio with friend Danny Harley (The Kite String Tangle). With the intention of writing music as the purest form of herself, she sought to create a soundtrack to showcase her journey of getting to the other side. “I was making music with my friend, and I was completely independent. I knew I had to stand behind it with a ‘ride or die’ energy. It felt great when I came out on the other side of everything.”
She initially teased Kingdom Come with the lush single “Forever After,” which was followed by the cathartic “Lifetime,” and the spellbinding “Magic.” Kingdom Come is a personal offering for listeners to lean on. An offering to showcase Elle’s universe that intertwines her love for music, visual art, fashion, and beyond. “I’m a stronger version of myself….At some points, I’m pulling back to Elle and the most vulnerable songwriting. There are other times where I’m going all in as big as possible. I’m really proud of it.”