Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


band members

Annabelle Tunley - Lead vocals/synth Peter Emptage - Bass guitar/bvs George Weis - Drums/bvs


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Playwrite


Website

www.ayawatamaya.com

Bio

However you say it, Ayawatamaya just want to have a good time. Launching at The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick on September 19, new single ‘The Way You Are’ is a luscious slow-burn for the lovers in the house.

Born out of a long-standing personal and professional adoration for each other while share-housing together in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs, Annabelle Tunley, Peter Emptage and George Weis create pop music for your soul.


With just drums, bass, vocals and a tiny synth keyboard, the three-piece take their cue from the likes of D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, where instruments are minimum but the groove is maximum. This sparse approach to instrumentation leaves room for gifted vocalist Annabelle Tunley to pour lashings of bulletproof melody and hook-laden chorus over the bare, expertly constructed beats below.


Their live shows are where Ayawatamaya truly shine. Swiftly moving from silliness to salaciousness, they possess an effortless knack for disarming crowds and producing blissfully sweaty dance floors where even the most impervious audience once stood.

New single 'The Way You Are' is taken from their forthcoming EP due in early 2016, which features a range of highly acclaimed studio personnel including celebrated Melbourne producer Nick Huggins (Kid Sam, The Harpoons) and mixing from Grammy award-winning Sound Engineer Francois Tetaz (Kimbra, Gotye) to name a few.

Review

The Way You Are

Ayawatamaya

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

08 Sep 2015

Triple J
40

That voice had me glued from the word go.

That voice had me glued from the word go.

Review

The Way You Are

Ayawatamaya

Review by Nat Tencic Nat Tencic

08 Sep 2015

Triple J
35

Floaty, syncopated production that plays like a minimalist painting, splashes of accents across an empty palette. It's different, and I love it.

Floaty, syncopated production that plays like a minimalist painting, splashes of accents across an empty palette. It's different, and I love it.