Soothsayer are delighted to reveal Willaris. K (Jack McAllister)’s latest single ‘INDIFFERENT’, the Australian electronic and ambient producer’s first-ever track to incorporate vocals, featuring Australian singer, songwriter and producer, Gordi (Sophie Payten).
Premiered overnight via triple j Good Nights, ‘INDIFFERENT (WITH GORDI)’ is a harrowing and dramatic track that marks a transformative sonic turn for Willaris, showcasing his intrinsic ability to harness emotion through complex musical composition. Grounded in piano movements and melodic basslines, Willaris has built a textured and emotive soundscape that perfectly complements the haunting vocals the Bon Iver and Troye Sivan collaborator is famous for.
The track was originally conceived at Willaris’ home in NSW, then fine-tuned on Sophie’s farm in rural Australia, and finally perfected alongside renowned Sigur Ros collaborator and film composer Alex Somers at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, inside Bob Dylan’s iconic old tour bus.
“I wrote the instrumental as an experiment to see where I could take my music sonically. I wanted to explore it for film but also explore the more vulnerable side of Willaris. K. I melted when Sophie started singing the first line when we were recording.” – Willaris. K
Gordi’s ability to make intensely emotional music is something the singer, songwriter and producer has mastered. With an impressive list of collaborations to her name, including Troye Sivan, Bon Iver, Julien Baker and The Tallest Man On Earth, her debut album, Reservoir (out through Jagjaguwar) was nominated for triple j’s ‘Album of the Year’ in 2017.
“Jack and I talked about collaborating when we were lying on the floor of the living room in my apartment listening to music at 5am. The next day he sent me this song titled ‘Piano Man’. It had the beautiful piano part you hear in the song and it made me so sad. So I wrote a sad story to go with it about feeling nothing and called it ‘Indifferent’.” – Gordi
‘INDIFFERENT’ follows Willaris’ last release, the A and B-side record ‘5 O’CLOCK’ – which was recently selected as the feature track for the UEFA Champions League recap commercial, airing across BT Sports TV channels internationally as well as online and mobile platforms, and its ambient counterpart ‘PAST LIGHT’, which is a testament to Willaris’ textural sound and early days collecting field recordings in Australia. Earlier this month, Willaris released a collection of atmospheric remixes of ‘5 O’CLOCK’ from rising electronica artists TSHA, Ghost Culture and Juno Mamba – listen here.
The 2019/20 Australian Summer has already seen Willaris. K perform to packed-out dance tents at major festivals including Wildlands, Beyond The Valley, Output Super Club, Origin Fields and Castaway, after supporting RÜFÜS DU SOL on their SOLACE World Tour. In light of the recent bushfires in Australia, Willaris is playing a benefit show at Melbourne’s Seaworks on Sunday 9 February, where he will be waiving performance fees and donating all merch proceeds to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
‘INDIFFERENT’ sees Willaris. K play with melancholic textures and acoustic timbres, establishing his vast versatility as an artist as he moves into this next phase of his career.
Willaris. K live dates:
Sunday 9 February
Bushfire Appeal – Day Party, Seaworks | Melbourne, VIC
18+ | SOLD OUT