Any Girl Interview

by the partae
Where are you currently based?
What’s been happening recently?
What hasn’t?! Haha. Last month I released by debut single and music video ‘Into The Black’, and I’ve been pretty stoked with the reception so far. It’s been played by Triple J and several community radio stations and had some awesome reviews across the board too. We launched the single at El Grotto a couple of weeks ago and the place was absolutely packed the entire night – support acts Little Guilt and Spacedive performed too and the night was just absolutely amazing. For my first single launch I’ve ever promoted, I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout!
Your latest single ‘Into The Black’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I didn’t go into the studio with any particular agenda when writing this track, but I did know what my influences were and what I like/dislike. I’ve always been a fan of synth pop and anything that sounds like it came from the 80s / 90s, so when Tim showed me a cute arpeggiated synth loop I knew we could build on that. In regards to the lyrics, I had just come from catching up with a friend a couple days earlier who was stuck in a back and forth relationship and it made me think about how scary it is to end a relationship when you don’t know what’s out there afterwards. We all fear change in life because it is a fear of the unknown – and sometimes we sacrifice the possibility of better things because we aren’t ready to go ‘into the black’.
How did you go about writing ‘Into The Black’ and who did you work with?
I wrote the track with Tim Commandeur in Sydney and it came together within a day – as artists we just gelled really well and it was super easy to write with Tim! We started with an old demo loop on Tim’s computer and I wrote a vocal melody over it (which became the verse), and the chorus bed and melody stemmed from there.
Where did you record and who did you work with?
It was literally recorded in a day at Tim’s studio, and then I brought the stems home to Perth and asked my brother Shockone to do a final mixdown. Mastering was done by Simon Struthers at Forensic Audio here in Perth as well.
How did you approach the recording process?
Blindly and obliviously! Haha – I tried not to think too much about it and rather let the music guide me. I find if I get too into my head about recording or writing, I end up more self conscious and less true to myself. If I just sing and let the mood of the song takeover, I end up with a better, more authentic vocal performance and in turn, a better song.
How would you describe your music?
Like if Hatchie and The Midnight had a love child – that’s Any Girl.
Your debut album is out in February 2024, what can we expect?
The album is honestly like a mixed bag of lollies – it has a few synth pop break-up anthems (which I envision as the strawberries & cream), indie-pop-rock tracks that were inspired by acts ranging from Hatchie to Primal Scream (which are definitely the snakes in the lolly bag), a country ballad about feeling completely useless (which has to be the banana in the lolly bag because let’s be honest – banana lollies are useless), and lastly a huge electronic track I co-wrote with Shockone, which I can only describe as a sour worm. But overall, the album is nostalgic, emotional and raw. I wrote the album over a 3 year period in which I battled with depression and a chronic illness, and ultimately came out the otherside 10 times stronger and happier -and the tracklist reflects that. Some songs will make you cry and some will make you wanna drive down the coast with the wind in your hair and a smile on your face – because that’s what lifes all about!
Any shows coming up?
Currently planning another single launch for October – stay tuned!
What’s planned for the remainder of 2023?
Single, video, launch party, repeat!
Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m obsessed with Indian food – the Mattar Paneer curry from 2 Fat Indians in Mt Lawley is my go to takeaway. If I wanna chill somewhere, it’ll likely be a dark cocktail bar where I can play video games like Palace Arcade.

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