On her second single “My New Tattooed Chameleon” Sydney musician Annie Hamilton explores transformation and nostalgia through propulsive, distorted guitars and cascading, melodic vocals. Following the release of her debut single “Fade” last year, the song is also a testament to Annie’s astute, direct storytelling and her ability to combine vulnerability with a versatile sound that oscillates between hushed contemplation and explosive, cinematic soundscapes.
Annie also plays guitar in Jack River, and was formerly lead guitarist in Sydney band Little May. Their brand of melodic, intricate indie-rock saw the group tour internationally, and release their critically acclaimed debut album ‘For The Company’, which was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner in 2015. Following the album release and touring cycle in 2016, Annie felt a desire to focus on her own projects, and left the group. Picking up from her previous studies in textiles and graphic design, Annie started her own eponymous clothing label, with a focus on timeless garments, sustainable fabrics and ethical production.
But it wasn’t until a creative residency in the tiny, isolated Icelandic town of Ísafjörður that she really began working her own music. She spent two months holed up in her apartment, writing new songs and honing her sound as well as designing her fashion label’s latest collection Equinox.
The first taste from that busy writing period arrived in June of last year, with the release of the stark and stirring song “Fade”. The song and accompanying video has accumulated over 60,000 streams and led to Australia-wide tours in support of Julia Jacklin, Jack River, Phantastic Ferniture and more.
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