Artist info


Indie, Pop

Sounds like

Montaigne, Fiona Apple, Perfume Genius, Lana Del Rey

band members

Emily Hollitt- Vocalist, Rhythm guitar James Martin- Keys Gabrielle Kerr- Violin Isabella Leon- Cello Ryan Stegman- Bass Guitar Zak Muller- Electric Guitar Tiarni Nichols- Drums, Backing Vocals


Julien Baker, Saint Vincent, Leonard Cohen

Unearthed artists we like

Lucalion, ATHENA JOY, Hazel Mei, Phoebe Sinclair, Tiahn Berg



Elegant and alluring, Malina Claire invites you into her most vulnerable, darkest mindsets. With a taste for all things orchestral and introspective, she approaches her music with the cinematic stylings of Lana Del Rey, the emotion of Fiona Apple and the production integrity of Perfume Genius. Let her take you through her hardest moments, her inklings of hope and everything in between on her journey for self-discovery, emotional recovery and truth. The name Malina is derived from the Swedish Malin symbol which represents the phrase; “you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward”, permeating the core idea of her unique folk/chamber pop fusion which often details her experiences with domestic violence, sexual abuse and mental health.
She faced her trauma head on during her first year at the Queensland Conservatorium's Bachelor of Popular Music, which she has since graduated in 2018. During her time there, she came to terms with her hardships through songwriting, meeting a supportive community around her that not only helped her through, but enabled her to put these feelings and experiences into fully produced songs, bringing Emily Hollitt’s solo project dream to life. She released her first single Behind Closed Doors in 2018 under the name Emily Jane for the university's SEED programme where she was able to play these songs live for the very first time. Since then, she's changed her name but stayed true to the message.
Her leading single Behind Closed Doors made it to #13 Most Played on 4ZZZ on the week of its release as well as debuting at #66 on the triple j Unearthed charts. Follow-up track Yesterday’s Coffee also found success, making the staggering leap from #100 to #44 on Unearthed in the matter of only 1 week! Malina promises to continue this theme of honesty and vulnerability, beginning the second chapter of her journey with new single Darling, recounting the doubts and fears of re-discovering love after abuse and further exploring her vulnerability with latest single Window, set for release later this year.


Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

09 Dec 2020

Triple J

didn't expect this one to flourish and expand in the way it did, but what a beautiful and welcome surprise it was!

didn't expect this one to flourish and expand in the way it did, but what a beautiful and welcome surprise it was!