Hope D has released a new track ‘Emerald’ that will feature on her upcoming debut album, ‘Clash of the Substance,’ to be released on 21 October via AWAL.
Hope D, who emerged in 2019 with debut single ‘Swim’, has captivated audiences with her vibrant live performances. She has just completed a headline tour that took her all around Australia, including a slot at Groovin the Moo. The tour and latest release follow critical acclaim and numerous achievements including winning the inaugural Queensland Music Awards Emerging Artist Of The Year, the Carol Lloyd Award, performances at BIGSOUND 2019, Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival and King Street Crawl.
In 2020 Hope released her aptly titled second single, ‘Second‘ (which landed #69 in triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2020) and the follow up tracks ‘Common Denominator‘ and ‘Miscommunicate‘. In 2021 Hope was widely praised for her cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic‘ which she performed for Like A Version.
Hope D has spoken about how ‘Emerald’ reflects her experience as an 18 year old when she was first exposed to Brisbane’s nightlife and dating.
“I wrote Emerald when I started dating people during my first year out of school, and noticed that everyone was way cooler than what I thought I was. My interests naturally changed as I was freshly 18 and new to the Brisbane nightlife and music scene, but I also forcefully changed to try and impress my love interest at the time. Trying to impress someone is a funny situation in general, turning into a different person made me realise there is no point if we are all trying to be each other. Plus, you end up losing yourself and are left with no genuine personality.”Hope D.
The new track has Hope’s trademark catchy beat and thoughtful lyrics. It’s a raucous 4 minute jewel of a track, featuring massive drops and rowdy guitars. ‘Emerald’ has been released with an accompanying video, directed by Maeve McKenna, which has been shot in primary colours and perfectly captures the funky vibe of the song.
“The music video came about when Maeve saw me play at The Brightside earlier this year for a flood relief gig and reached out. I got my really good friends Mads and Henry (from The Dandy’s), Aisling (from Dizzy Days) and Jade (Marketing manager for the Triffid, and Fortitude Music Hall) to play my friends, which made it so natural and fun. Amelia Douglass was flown from Sydney to play my love interest. It was awkward and scary at first, but by the end of it we realised that we got along so well and we’ll be working together again. I am so grateful for the way this all happened and all the beautiful extras that came and acted, as well as the beautiful boy at the beginning (it was hard to act mean to him).”Hope D.
Stream or buy ‘Emerald’ HERE.
Photo credit: Seamus Platt