“one of those artists who can get on stage and capture the attention of an entire room” – Sarah Howells, Double J
“Infectious positivity.” – Tommy Faith, triple j Unearthed
“upbeat demeanour and hypnotic folk melody” – Beat Magazine
Alana Wilkinson is the epitome of a modern folk singer, and her touching new single ‘Partner In Crime’wholly attests to that. Having made a mark with her giddy love bubble ‘Closer’, Alana’s sophomore release, premiered last night on Double J‘s Stir It Up,now tugs at heartstrings in a different way, with a true tale of love and loss.
A poignant ode to her childhood bestie who sadly passed away, ‘Partner In Crime’ captures the spirit and carefree nature of youth and innocent friendship. Delicately crafted with a vulnerable folk twang, the acoustically driven track resonates with delicate guitar melodies, piquant piano tones and deep, vibrant drums. A toast to the time they shared, rather than the time lost, Alana explains, “I needed to write a song that painted a picture of the colourful friendship we shared as kids.”
The track’s visual accompaniment embellishes this masterfully. Taking us back to Alana’s childhood home, we follow the duo on their adventures in Melbourne suburbia in a wonderfully joyful coming-of-age piece. “We knew each other’s secrets, fought over nothing, wrote rap songs and made up dances to 5ive; these were some of the memories I called upon when putting together the video,” Alana reflects.
Having seeped into the soundscape of the Australian Summer through radio and television across the country, her debut single ’Closer’ was instantly added to ABCLocalRadio nationally, and scored spins on both triplej, triple j Unearthed and rage.
Taking her whimsical melodies on the road over the sunny season, Alana recently toured in The Porch Sessions’ 11 date East and South Coast tour, and has performed at BlueMountainsMusicFestival,QueenscliffMusicFestival, WoodfordFolk Festival and NannupMusicFestival. Having also supported the likes of BobEvans, EddiReader, SarahMcLeod, ShaunKirk and ThePierceBrothers, her rap-sheet is a series of folk music royalty, both local and international.
Building a reputation for her honest, relatable, and often funny lyrics, Alana Wilkinson’s style simply oozes happiness and optimism. With this just the second taste of her upcoming EP, Alana will be warming fans throughout Winters, and spreading the good vibes for plenty Summers to come.
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