Collaborating with Sam Thomlinson (Oh My My, Bad Pony), Queensland songwriter and chanteuse AYLA has today unveiled the first of four new singles ahead of a new album due for release in February 2024. ‘Fire and Wine’ crests the waves of a scything, aquatic electronica that bubbles underneath AYLA’s gorgeous vocals that ache with emotion and a hint of melancholia. With a range greater than the Himalayas, AYLA’s velvet vocals have an antipodean flavour that bursts through he instrumentation like rays of sunshine.
AYLA says of the track:
After some Covid-canceled writing trips, Sam and I tried an online co-write. ‘Fire and Wine’ came together quickly when Sam sent through a synth idea that gave me a feeling of nostalgia. It shaped into a story of navigating growing up and heartbreak. The verses explore youthful friendships, where everything is new and charged with emotion (in the first, I was remembering my best friend picking me up from home when I’d gotten drunk on red wine and didn’t want my parents to know). The second verse is based on a romantic relationship, specifically one where we slept in all the time and watching too much tv.
Both friendships and love break your heart, but the chorus breaks into this anthemic place of uplifting togetherness, through all the hardship, which I love. Ultimately, it’s just a really fun pop song! I can’t wait to share it and play it live!
”Fire and Wine’ has an epic, cinematic scope that is utterly enthralling:
‘Fire and Wine’ is out now and available to stream here.
You can catch AYLA live – details as follows:
Saturday, 30 September | Caloundra Music Festival
Sunday, 1 October | Caloundra Music Festival
Feature Photograph: She Is Aphrodite