Aussie sensation Mallrat is back with her first new tune of 2020, the lo-fi rocker "Rockstar."
Unlike the upbeat electronic productions of previous releases, "Rockstar" finds the 22-year-old channelling the early 90s scene. Recorded in her LA home with songwriter and producer Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, Carly Rae Jepsen), this one is dominated by fuzzy guitars and lazy beats, with Mallrat's soft vocals tinged with sadness. There's def a bit of a Mazzy Star and Cocteau Twins vibe to this one.
Speaking on the tune she had this to say;
I feel like 'Rockstar' reminds me of a mix between Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves and Violent Soho. All through my teens (and obviously still) I loved the early Violent Soho albums self-titled and Hungry Ghost – those two albums I’ve listened to a lot and I think that’s seeped its way into the track. A lot of the songs I’ve been writing lately have been me realising my power.
I wrote the chorus first, it has a completely different attitude on its own, but when you listen in the context of the verses and the really aggressive guitar outro it completely flips the perspective of everything. When I wrote the rest of the song a year later, I was feeling a lot more sure of myself. It’s interesting how time can reframe things that you still think and are still true but just give them a whole new house to sit in. I’ve always thought of myself a whisper singer and not even a very good singer, but when I listen to the chorus of ‘Rockstar’ it reminds me that I have more range than I probably even give myself credit for.
"Rockstar" is another great example of Mallrat's growth as an artist and a great showcase of her lyrical chops. Currently writing and recording her debut album, "Rockstar" is the perfect starting point for anyone new to the Mallrat phenomenon.