Today,Â Stella DonnellyÂ presentsÂ Flood the title track/video from her forthcoming album, due outÂ 26Â August and available to pre-orderÂ HERE.Â First heard on triple j, Flood follows last monthâ€™s Lungs,Â Donnellyâ€™s â€œmasterclass in how to release a single in the spring seasonâ€Â (Rolling Stone).
OfÂ the release,Â DonnellyÂ shares:Â “This song feels like a sad little adventure. I wrote it in the dark depths of a Melbourne winter lockdown where it had been raining for consecutive weeks. Everyone around me was falling into their own version of depression at different times. It felt like a flood of trauma yet at the same time, we were given an opportunity of time to work through stuff that weâ€™d been distracting ourselves with for so long prior to the pandemic.”Â
Directed byÂ Donnelly,Â Nick McKkÂ andÂ Grace Goodwin, the accompanying FloodÂ video centres on an idyllic summer day â€” or at leastÂ Donnellyâ€™sÂ idiosyncratic version of one. Stella shares:Â â€œThis clip is pure ridiculous play, like going to your grandparents house where you and your cousins would get up to the most elaborate film projects.Â We always ran around the house makingÂ home movies that tried to re-enact other films and much like this clip here, they always ended in some sort of minor catastrophe. With this video for â€˜Floodâ€™, we have made a very feeble attempt at recreating the legendary OK GO video clip for â€˜Here it Goes Againâ€™ and we failed gloriously.â€
Like the many Banded Stilts that spread across the cover of her newest album ‘Flood’,Â Stella DonnellyÂ is wading into uncharted territory. Here, she finds herself discovering who she is as an artist among the flock, and how abundant one individual can be.Â ‘Flood’ isÂ Donnellyâ€™sÂ record of this rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection, and a lot of moving around.
With new locations came new approaches.Â Writing with band membersÂ Jennifer Aslett,Â George Foster,Â Jack GabyÂ andÂ Marcel Tussie,Â soon began to feel like kindergarten play, with co-producersÂ Anna LavertyÂ andÂ Methyl Ethylâ€™s Jake WebbÂ helping to foster an important spontaneity in the studio. This spontaneity saw Donnelly straying from her trusted electric guitar, instead moving to piano and imbuing her new work with a fluidity and vulnerability that befits ‘Flood’â€™s introspective nature.Â DonnellyÂ had not played much piano since her early childhood and there was something wonderfully playful and poignant about climbing back up onto the piano stool and finding her fingers.Â ‘Flood’Â revels in this.Â
Looking back at the Banded Stilt,Â DonnellyÂ ultimately appreciates how when â€œseen in a crowd they create an optical illusion, but on its own itâ€™s this singular piece of art.â€Â While each song onÂ ‘Flood’Â is a singular artwork unto itself, the collective shares all ofÂ Stella DonnellyÂ in abundance: her inner child, her nurturing self, her nightmare self; all of herself has gone into the making of this record, and although it would take an ocean to fathom everything she feels, itâ€™s well worth diving in.
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