“Honestly, one of my fave new voices right her“
– Bridget Hustwaite, triple j
“…seriously worth keeping an eye on…”
“DVNA gonna be making some huge waves real soon“
–The Aston Shuffle
Raw, emotional and stripped back, DVNA (pron. Da-na) returns today with her most passionate single yet and first offering of 2020, ‘Half Past Sober’, premiering via triple j’s Home & Hosed last night.
Writing songs about her friends is somewhat DVNA’s trademark and ‘Half Past Sober’ is no exception. A true story about heartache and betrayal, the track’s origins are cemented in a conversation with a mate two years ago. “My friend’s told me about her relationship that was equally as passionate as it was toxic. A dysfunctional, heated, electric love affair that probably never should have happened, though glad it did. We’ve all been in situations where feelings aren’t reciprocated. You begin to feel weak, desperate and a slowly turn into a shell of your former self. Pricking your fingers on the staples barely holding the relationship together and learning to love the pain.”
Fusing her soulful vocals with a more stripped back production, the song was originally just acoustic but DVNA felt it needed a little more. “I teamed up with my good friend Fractures in his cute little Melbourne studio to bring this song to life,” she says. The result is musically dynamic, soft and intimate in times of vulnerability and climactic/ chaotic towards the end when frustration and anger begin to take over.
‘Half Past Sober’ lands fresh from a huge 18 months for the Gold Coast-based artist. Captivating the market with her first three singles ‘Sushi In Tokyo’, ‘Looking Like a Snack’ and ‘Girl On The Move’, DVNA has since racked up an impressive 3.2 million streams and caught the attention of triple j, becoming a triple j Unearthed feature artist while taking out their coveted spot to open up the main stage at Brisbane’s Laneway Festival. Recently signing with Falcona booking agency, DVNA has also supported the likes of LEISURE, Alice Ivy, Kira Puru, Arno Faraji and performed at various tastemaker festivals including BIGSOUND, Bleach Festival, Arcadia and The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl.
With more releases planned and a few sobering surprises, DVNA’s ‘Half Past Sober’ is the first sip the next phase for this talented producer, performer and songwriter.
DVNA’s ‘Half Past Sober’ is out NOW.