“[Solo Career] has carved a comfy niche in the scene with her heady and mood-soaked creations.” – Weirdo Wasteland
“Hypnotic.” – VICE
“Delivering bedroom pop in a 100% original way with plenty of production tricks, but never in a way that overcooks it. All in all, it’s balanced and beautiful.” – Abby Butler, triple j
Today bedroom pop act Solo Career, the project of Dharawal / Illawarra artist Annabel Blackman (also known as singer/lead guitarist in acclaimed rock group, Body Type), shares her first official single ‘Movie’, alongside news of her debut EP The Sentimentalist, due September 17 via Dinosaur City Records.
Listen to ‘Movie’ HERE.
Written, recorded, produced and mixed by Blackman at her DIY home studio, ‘Movie’ features an icy guitar line, motorik drums and a driving bassline, with Annabel’s brusque vocals floating listlessly in the thick of the mix.
On the story behind the track, Blackman reveals:
“I wrote ‘Movie’ after seeing ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. It was an idyllic afternoon; I walked into the old movie theatre at Bulimba in QLD with my family looking forward to an enthralling experience. We left the cinema an age later. Grandpa looked wiped, everyone was quiet, and then the bickering started and didn’t stop till we settled down at home and watched a movie starring Beyonce. The whole experience sent me into a doom spiral and made me question the integrity of my family unit.”
Talking about the songwriting process, Blackman adds:
“I started writing this song a couple of years ago. I had an idea for the guitar line when I was walking home from work and tried to make it work for ages. It wasn’t until I wrote the lyrics that I was able to mash it together into something I was happy with.”
Solo Career is the late night bedroom pop project of Annabel Blackman – architect, artist and singer/lead guitarist in acclaimed rock quartet Body Type. With Body Type, Blackman has toured Australia, the USA and the UK, supporting acts including Fontaines D.C, Pond, Alex Cameron and Unknown Mortal Orchestra on their national tours in Australia, and playing festivals SXSW, The Great Escape, Hit The North and Live At Leeds, Fairgrounds, Gizzfest and Sydney Festival off the back of releasing two highly praised EPs.
Amongst all this, Blackman has written, produced, recorded and mixed new material for Solo Career while making a name for herself across Sydney’s burgeoning music scene, opening for acts including Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Goon Sax, Good Morning, RVG and Sasami, and landing a dinnertime slot with online music festival Isol-Aid in 2020. Live, Blackman is joined by Cecil Coleman (Body Type) on flute, a development that occurred after living together and recording a flute part late one night.
In 2020, Solo Career released two covers: Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and ‘I.M.R (In My Room)’, a synth-soaked take on the Beach Boys classic, which was added to rotation on FBi Radio and Edge Radio, and saw praise from NME Australia, Beat Magazine, Deafen County, Verve Magazine and US music magazine, New Noise, who lauded it as ‘Bandcamp of the Day’.
Previous release, ‘Feelings’, featured on Dinosaur City Records Mixtape #4, was added to a string of Spotify editorial playlists, placed in AMRAP Metro Charts top ten tracks ordered for airplay by metropolitan community broadcasters in Australia for three weeks in a row, and added to high rotation on FBi Radio.