Emerging Melbourne singer-songwriter Reilly Stapleton has today released her new single Cherry Tree, a song likely to cement her as one of Australia’s most interesting new artists. Again harnessing her rare ability to push the envelope and challenge perception, the dark-pop ingenue has crafted a confronting 3 minute masterpiece that is as unsettling as it is compelling.
Built around Stapleton’s commanding vocal performance, accompanied by an array of simultaneously bold and subtle instrumentation, Cherry Tree explores the emotions felt when a person realises the lengths they will go to in order to fulfil their deepest and sometimes darkest cravings. It’s a song exploring obsession and the willingness to be consumed by that obsession, no matter what the cost.
“The line, “bury me, under the cherry tree, where we used to be so happy”, reflects my need to live with passion and intensity”, explains Stapleton. “If I lose that passion then you may as well kill me because there will be nothing left for me”.
So what’s Stapleton’s own insatiable passion?
“My relentless ambition is my music and writing lyrics to represent a world of stories and emotion captured through my eyes and bled through my hands”, she offers.
The track was brought to life with the musical expertise of producer duo Ezekiel Fenn and Michael Best (Entente Music) in collaboration with Stapleton’s collaborator Michael Sadler. Although social distancing
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impacted the standard recording process, it did not stop the creativity of everyone involved resulting in a remarkable sonic landscape.
The release of Cherry Tree follows Stapleton’s powerful ballad, A Conversation, which was released early in 2020. That track received praise from triple j host Nkechi Anele who stated, “I can feel all of it. The anger, the pain and the love – you make me cry.”
Tone Deaf have praised her “slick songwriting and raw, emotional delivery”, Fashion Industry Broadcast compared her talents to the likes of “Amy Lee, Pink, Florence Welch, and Hannah Reid”, and Music Injection acknowledged her as “a force to be reckoned with.”
Cherry Tree is out now on all streaming platforms.