With a steeped and honoured history in Australia’s indie music scene stemming from her role in the legendary The Hummingbirds and Aerial Maps, Alannah Russack has been gracing us with some special music over the past year with a series of solo singles that glitter and shine.
Today, Russack made a surprise release of the track ‘Movement’ – available only through her Bandcamp site – which is just over three minutes of unadulterated melodic joy. Featuring musical contributions by her Entropy Band (which includes Ratcat’s Marc Scully, Sidewinder’s Shane Melder and keyboard legend and music academic Jadey O’Regan) the track is a vibrant and melodic jewel in the firmament. it is a track that seems to grasp the baton from The Hummingbirds with its brand of joyous jingle jangle indie pop.
The Hammond organ sound provides a sparkling layer of sunshine and the harmonies are ethereal as Russack sings of vulnerability and doubt while celebrating the inspiration and love that people can provide:
I wanna give you movement
I must be scared for myself
Shadow lying still
Can’t quite believe it
Would I be angry?
Would I blame somebody else?
There I go again
I’m back to talking about myself
The rousing chorus and high-stepping pace create something indelible and joyous:
‘Movement is available to download though the link below and will be available to download and stream elsewhere from 28 July. It is the third single from Russack’s upcoming new album, titled ‘As Memories Pass Each Other’.
Feature Photograph: Alison Stewart Photography