Willaris. K Shares ‘Double Demerits/Harsh’ + On Tour

by the partae
Photo Credit: Justin Ridler
Willaris. K’s highly anticipated headline tour has kicked off and to celebrate, Soothsayer are sharing two-track release Double Demerits/Harsh – a package that smoothly transitions from rave to sunrise kick-ons.

Beautifully chaotic, ‘Double Demerits’ is a fast-paced piece of melodic techno, featuring a playful lead synth and industrial, laser-like textures. Entirely self-produced, with mixing by Ewan Pearson (Chemical Brothers, MOBY, Depeche Mode), Willaris. K says of the track:

“‘Double Demerits’ is a song I made at the start of the year after playing some summer festivals. It felt so good to be back and this is a reflection of that. It’s about going fast, figuratively.” 

‘Harsh’ comes in perfect juxtaposition. Titled with a taste of irony, the melancholic ambient offering is a dreamy sunrise soundtrack; from comedowns to morning meditation, whatever your flavour may be.

“‘Harsh’ is the song I’ve listened to most of all the songs I’ve made in the last two years,” he admits. “A bit of a healing song that I hope does the same for others.” 

WATCH: Willaris. K – ‘Double Demerits’ [Official Visualiser]
‘Double Demerits/Harsh’ follows Willaris. K’s recent singles ‘Slow Down’ and ‘Melt’, which collectively saw a triple j premiere, adds to dance and electronic tastemaker playlists across Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music, plus support from Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, Stoney Roads and The Music.

This run of recent releases marks a new chapter for Willaris. K. His last complete bodies of work, 2020’s LUSTRE and FULL NOISE EPs, featured remixes from Skin On Skin, Model Man and Boys Noize and were met with praise from BBC Radio 1, triple j, Mixmag, The Guardian UK, and Beats 1, Stereogum, NME and Earmilk, among other global tastemakers.

‘Double Demerits/Harsh’ arrives as Willaris. K continues on his biggest headline tour yet, with anticipated sets at Sydney’s The Roundhouse this Friday, Melbourne’s Forum, Perth’s Freo Social and Hobart’s Altar still to come, following an incredible Brisbane appearance.

‘Double Demerits’ is sure to make a show stopping debut in Willaris. K’s live set, while ‘Harsh’ is the mellow ease into your Uber ride home.

Presented by Laneway and Handsome Touring
+ special guests

Tickets available via willarisk.com/tour

Fri 30 Sep | The Roundhouse | Sydney, NSW
Fri 7 Oct | Forum | Melbourne, VIC
Fri 21 Oct | Freo Social | Perth, WA
Fri 28 Oct | Altar | Hobart, TAS

Willaris. K – ‘Double Demerits/Harsh’

Out now through Soothsayer

Listen/watch here

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