SUPPORT FOR ‘WHAT YOU GOT’
“What You Got’ is a single that marries SMALLS’ dance-y indie-pop sound with reflective and personally in-touch vocals, translating his feelings on his cross-state move into a gleaming and cathartic burst of The 1975-esque energy.”
“Slick production and the way he’s produced it with that 1975 alt-pop feel is endearing.”
Dave Ruby Howe – triple j Unearthed (AUS)
Following on from the well-received release of ‘Tail Lights’, Sydney-based indie-pop artist SMALLS has today returned with a shimmering new single ‘What You Got’ – produced and mixed by Lewis Mitchell (Birds of Tokyo, The Jezeabels, Kota Banks), and mastered by Ben Feggans (Mallrat, Vera Blue, Sampa The Great).
Featuring swooning bass, cheerful percussion, and serene guitars, ‘What You Got’ is a stylish offering of cultured alternative-pop. Taking cues from influences such as The 1975 and LANY, SMALLS’ charismatic vocals provide elegant melodies to a track soaked in speculative instrumentation. Opulently layered hooks lead into a power-pop bridge, attentive to dynamics, before the song’s cathartic finale.
SMALLS talks about the meaning behind ‘What You Got’:
“Moving to a new city is scary. I’ve known friends who have relocated to new places during peak covid and really struggled to make friends and feel a sense of connection. This song is about how much we rely on other people’s actions to make us feel connected or appreciated. I wanted to write a song that captured city nightlife and dance floor anthems while not letting go of the 80s/90s nostalgia in the production.”
Previous single ‘Tail Lights’ was supported by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j Unearthed, Radio Adelaide, SYN FM and Indie Discotheque (INT). The track also received online praise from The AU Review, Australian Music Scene, AAA Backstage, Ear to the Ground (USA), Music Feeds, Forte Mag, and Indietronica (UK).
SMALLS is the project of artist Will Robinson, who originally hails from country NSW. Speaking on his experience – “I grew up on a canola farm in rural NSW during the peak of the drought. When you live 20km from the nearest township and there isn’t a lot of coin in the bank, there isn’t much else to do except pick up an instrument and try to smash out Metallica covers on a nylon string acoustic to cure the boredom.”