Woodes Releases New Album “The Great Unknown”; Reveals Video For “Hibernate”
December 8, 2023 BY Emma Orland
Today, one of Australia’s most captivating creative minds, singer-songwriter, Woodes releases her second album The Great Unknown – displaying the breadth of, and dynamics within, her creativity and artistry.
Her new record brings together Woodes’ previous two EPs – the lush, spellbinding, hypnotic melodies of Kingdom Come alongside the darker, cinematic, gritty sound found on Hibernation. Together they showcase how expansive this project’s sound can be, finding the place where Elle Graham and her musical moniker Woodes meet.
Whether she is bottling emotion, longing, and hope in authentic, dreamy anthems or standing tall behind vivid melodies and sharp, gritty production, Woodes – and in turn Elle – are completely in control of their musical destiny.
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Tying both sides of this album together is its title track, the new single holding place as the moral compass that guides Woodes to find the balance between her lighter and darker sides. The new single was produced and co-written with Australian film composer Hylton Mowday and mixed and mastered by Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Rob Kleiner (Euphoria, Avatar: The Way Of Water).
Of the new album, and its title track, Woodes shares, “’The Great Unknown’ is ambitious and bold and begins my second record. This song is embarking into a new chapter – and I feel it beautifully fuses all the music I’ve been writing this year. While I was writing for ‘Kingdom Come’ and ‘Hibernation’, it was obvious I was writing for a dark and a light side. This duality fit as two halves on this record.
“I was writing ‘The Great Unknown’ in the thick of winter, feeling like everyone around me had the same shade of grey walking home. A theme that’s been in this writing has been listening to an internal voice – like getting advice from an old friend. A moral compass, a childlike optimism, a unifying belief that things will get better somehow. I wrote about finding a way through.”
Alongside the release of The Great Unknown, Woodes has also unveiled the video for her single “Hibernate”. The video has been selected to be screened as part of the CLIPPED Music Video Premieres pop up event taking place at The Pivotonian Cinema, Geelong on Sunday 10 December.
Woodes released her independent, 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 festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, SXSW and 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.
Woodes leveled up again on Crystal Ball in 2020. It not only landed at #3 on the Australian Independent Albums Chart, but NME rated it 4-out-of-5 stars and hailed it as “a powerfully intimate record that tackles both life and fantasy with fierce resolve.”
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 conceptualised 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.
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). That is where The Great Unknown was born.
Recently, Woodes has signed to the Wasserman Music roster as her North American Booking Agency, joining a roster that includes Alex The Astronaut, Amy Shark, Angel Olsen, Cub Sport, Dom Dolla, and Lorde.
THE GREAT UNKNOWN TRACKLISTING:
The Great Unknown
Don’t Look Back