Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop
Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Skye Ferreira, Lykke Li, George Maple
Penelope Austin - Lead Vocals, keys, percussion and guitar
“Penelope Austin could very well be Australia’s answer to Lana Del Rey, with a voice and song style that had me madly googling her from the car park” – MUSICFEEDS
Penelope Austin was born in the Southern Highlands of NSW but, from the age of 15, has led a nomadic life travelling the world, most recently basing herself in New York City. She has since returned to her native turf with stories from the road and songs of lust, loss, rage, fire and reflection.
This is a girl who describes her highs as high and her lows as low down and she isn't afraid to experiment with her fine voice; dragging a note through a breathless arabesque and letting it hang mid-air like a question mark.
With an unashamedly diverse taste in music, she has no direct influences, instead her writing process is organic: “Naturally, I have a guitar - but what’s strange to me is that neither of the vocals or lyrics comes first. It’s almost 99% of the time simultaneous.. like its already been written somewhere else first and I’m playing it for the first time. There are occasions where a melody will come to me, and I just sing the full song in one go”, says Austin. “I tend to not have a page where I scratch ideas out. Normally the first thing I write is what stays - again, like it comes from somewhere else.”
Penelope Austin has already featured on two club anthems. “Animal Heart” by Denzal Park and “Home” by Ivan Gough, Walden and Jebu, both released on Beatport.