Australian singer/songwriter Angie McMahon, recently released the single “Pasta”. A video for the single is now streaming online alongside a video for Angie’s recent single ‘Keeping Time’. Both tracks will feature on Angie’s to-be-announced debut album, ‘Salt’, which is expected later this year.
‘Pasta’ and ‘Keeping Time’ are examples of Angie McMahon’s songwriting, where melancholy and solitude function hand in hand with anthemic guts. There’s an authenticity and humanness in her music that’s connecting with audiences far and wide, Angie’s music has the ability to bring you tears and slowly help you piece things back together.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Lianne La Havas, Big Thief, and Tom Waits, Angie’s music shifts between gravelly intimacy and pounding rock, covering the full dynamic spectrum. There is strength in Angie’s fragility, her powerful performances swell with vulnerability and a self-deprecating sense of humour.
Speaking about the ‘Pasta’ video Angie shares: “I wanted this video to show how it feels to do nothing, just letting your brain stew, because I struggle with time management and I can be really mean to myself about it.
When I needed to make merch for my first tour, I spent so long freaking out about it, worrying that it wouldn’t look cool and I wouldn’t be able to design something that felt genuine. The day before it was due, I quickly scribbled this picture of some dogs lining up to go to a concert (dream come true). I got to the tipping point where I let go of the pressure and just did whatever felt good.
This music video is a kind of adaption on that. The gold star reminds me of being a kid and having encouragement, getting a tick of approval or whatever, but the adult version that I’m learning is that you just have to encourage yourself and not wait for other people to do it. And if you can’t make yourself feel awesome, dogs might make you feel awesome. It’s a reminder to go outside.”
The footage featured in the ‘Keeping Time’ video was documented throughout 2018, as Angie herself puts it, it’s “the fun stuff we did between naps and admin”. The whirlwind year started with Angie’s debut single charting on triple j’s Hottest 100 (she charted again in Jan 2019’s list) and continued with sold out headline shows as well as high profile festival bookings around the world, including her UK live debut which came in the form of a slot supporting fellow Australian’s Angus & Julia Stone at none other than London’s Royal Albert Hall.