Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Best Coast, Mazzy Star, Elvis in Blue Hawaii


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Bio

Moody Beach is the brainchild of Sydney songwriter Melissah Marie. For Marie, music is a way of documenting what’s happening in her life. Preferring to write a song instead of using a camera, Marie weaves her experiences together letting them live their own lives for her listeners. For Marie, the work is about ‘connection’ and through music & performance she tries to serve up some of life’s honesty and complexities.

To Marie, writing music is a journey of catharsis. It’s a space to unpack her experiences; granting her the freedom to reflect and build connections by sharing her unfiltered self. Marie explains, “I’m lucky to have an outlet for all the thoughts, ideas, interpretations, and memories running through my head. I like challenging perceptions, both my perception of others and their perceptions of me.”

On that note, if you’ve ever seen Moody Beach perform, you’ll see how she owns her space on stage. “A woman’s body is still a controversial subject,” Marie remarks, “it’s something I consciously tackle through my music, alongside how I behave and what I wear.” Sometimes that’s confronting for people. Marie has been told that it “distracts from [her] music…” a particularly disappointing critique in the middle of the Me Too era. “Mate, I am my music!” Marie responds “I get to decide what that looks like. I’m so done with these ideas of what a woman ‘should be.’” It’s a central part of who she is and through her music she hopes to make a little space for other women identifying and gender fluid people whom feel the same.

This year will see Moody Beach release some highly anticipated new music, culminating in her sophomore EP, Mirage, set to drop in September. “When it comes to music, I’m not scared to experiment with genres. ‘Mirage’, is a collection of all my favourite sounds. Pop to shoegaze, flamenco to dark-wave - all fitting together in a sonic loop.”

The first taste of ‘Mirage’ is with debut single, “Slave” to be released June 14.

“Slave is about objectification, ownership and agency. It’s a tango of power and control shrouded in dark synth vibes” – Melissah Marie / Moody Beach

Much lies ahead for Moody Beach with Marie set to release a collection of music, videos, performances and more surprises to come.

“Where it goes from here, I guess you’ll have to wait and see.” – Melissah Marie / Moody Beach.

Review

Review by Gemma Pike Gemma Pike

08 Oct 2019

Triple J
35

Close your eyes and just let this wash over you.

Close your eyes and just let this wash over you.

Review

Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

03 Oct 2019

Triple J
50

Sparkly, nostalgic and fully-formed. Those cinematic synth breaks and hazy vocals only accentuate how instantly classic this track is. Don't tell anyone, but I have a big ol' crush on this gem!

Sparkly, nostalgic and fully-formed. Those cinematic synth breaks and hazy vocals only accentuate how instantly classic this track is. Don't tell anyone, but I have a big ol' crush on this gem!

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

04 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

a full blown mega escape from moody beach here, so lush and engrossing.

a full blown mega escape from moody beach here, so lush and engrossing.