Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Joanna Newsome, Bjork, Buke and Gase, Warpaint


band members

Bonnie Stewart - Vocals/guitar/drums


Website

bonniesongs.com/

Bio

For a peck of audiences in Australia over the past couple of years, Stewart has been one of those subtly transcendent artists. Described as “dreamy experimental indie folk”, she’s steadily been creating an ever-broadening platform for her unique sound amongst the Sydney songwriting scene. On much of her earlier material, Stewart’s sweet, ghostly vocals sail over the polyrhythmic backgrounds created between her mandolin, percussion and vocal loops, while her imaginative lyrics tell diverse and dreamlike stories of treehouses, mice, birds, flying and video games.

Debut album Energetic Mind has taken a new, heavier, direction whilst also retaining the charm of her earlier releases, as the songwriter explains: “When I started writing for Bonniesongs, what came out was more dreamy folk, and often still is. I think the album is a balance of this ethereal soft sound but also a lot of darker grungy undertones have crept in. Recording made me realise the huge influence that 90s grunge/punk has had on my writing.”

Stewart’s previously-released four track debut EP Strings (2018) was released on Art As Catharsis, a bold collaboration with friends Sascha Bota and Freya Schack-Arnott. Six days after a one-off performance as a trio, they made a recording of their experimental, textural and improvised variations on Bonnie's songs. The record was influenced by Jim Black’s improvised jazz record AlasNoAxis, drawing comparisons to Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, and Bjork, and was widely praised for challenging conventions of modern Australian music.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

04 Jun 2019

Triple J
40

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that there's such a thing as "ice cream weather". That's just false. Good to see you so passionately advocating for the reputation of ice cream consumption with this convincing, winding growler of a track.

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that there's such a thing as "ice cream weather". That's just false. Good to see you so passionately advocating for the reputation of ice cream consumption with this convincing, winding growler of a track.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

04 Jun 2019

Triple J
40

Those timings in this really mess with you and it's brilliant. Very spacial and gorgeous as ever. It glides and glistens all at the same time.

Those timings in this really mess with you and it's brilliant. Very spacial and gorgeous as ever. It glides and glistens all at the same time.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

03 Jun 2019

Triple J
40

some wonderful, magical arrangement in here. it's a quirky one that shimmers with beauty.

some wonderful, magical arrangement in here. it's a quirky one that shimmers with beauty.