Alice Ivy has released a video for “Better Man (ft. Benjamin Joseph).” The track is off the Australian singer/songwriter’s forthcoming release Don’t Sleep, due for release July 17 on Last Gang Records. “Better Man” was written in collaboration with Benjamin Joseph from Australian electronica act SAFIA.
As Alice Ivy puts it: “I was super nervous going into because I’m unashamedly a massive SAFIA fan. I remixed them a couple years back but it never came out so when the opportunity came to write with Ben I jumped on it. Ben is an incredible writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He can literally play anything so we were moving around the room picking up as many different instruments as we could and putting them on the track. Ben’s writing style is different to mine, we focused A LOT on the groove and feel of the instrumental before even touching the vocals, I kind of like to focus on getting the song as vibey as possible including the vocals from the get go. When we were writing the hook we were listening to references and we got onto the Bee Gees and Ben goes ‘I haven’t pushed my falsetto that high before’, so we gave it a crack and it stuck! So this song is really special! There aren’t a lot of male voices on the album and while that wasn’t totally deliberate I’ve just found myself gravitating towards female and non-binary singers and songwriters in the past few years. But Ben’s voice is so singular, in my estimation he’s one of the only Australian male vocalists out there who can do justice to Soul.”
With the release of “Better Man” comes the video featuring Alex Dyson, who served as a triple j radio personality, and most recently the host of chaotic ZOOMba classes during quarantine. The video for “Better Man” similarly showcases Dyson’s dancing chops, following him while he does a series of grandiose interpretive movements, reinventing himself as he solitarily moves throughout an empty building.
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