Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Tune-Yards, Feist, St Vincent, The Beatles


Influences

Astronomy, Feminism, Fantasy novels


Website

listentophia.com

Bio

Live-looping, indie-pop phenomenon Phia is set to release her new EP The Woman Who Counted the Stars on 29 September via Labelship (EU) / Independent (AUS).

The five tracks are brimming with layers of glitter and grit, and herald the arrival of a bold new sound for the Melbourne-born singer-songwriter. Pulsing, distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths collide with fuzz guitar and vintage casio keyboards, as Phia’s longtime production collaborator Joshua Teicher realizes a sonic vision that manages to be both lush, raw, and emotionally affecting. Phia’s effortlessly charismatic, crystal-clear vocal soars.

Taking inspiration from the lives of female pioneers of science and enterprise, Phia began writing over the Melbourne summer, looking outwards as much as inwards for inspiration.

“Late last year Björk released a viral Facebook post about the criticism she and other female artists face when their subject matter departs from boyfriends and love songs towards atoms, galaxies or activism. I was enraged and also inspired and the songs just started to come.”

What eventuated is Phia’s most definitive work to date, with the songs weaving their way masterfully from caves under the Earth right up into the cosmos.

Title track "The Woman Who Counted The Stars" was inspired by Vera Rubin, the female astronomer who quantified dark matter.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

22 Nov 2017

Triple J
35

This has a mix of sparkle and smoulder that I like.

This has a mix of sparkle and smoulder that I like.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

19 Nov 2017

Triple J
35

The chorus went a totally different direction to where I expected but I like this a lot. The moody guitars are a great counter-point to your vibrant voice.

The chorus went a totally different direction to where I expected but I like this a lot. The moody guitars are a great counter-point to your vibrant voice.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

25 Sep 2017

Triple J
40

Great new gear here from Phia. I'm so used to hearing her playing the kalimba so this is a refreshing, Ali Barter-like change of pace.

Great new gear here from Phia. I'm so used to hearing her playing the kalimba so this is a refreshing, Ali Barter-like change of pace.