SYDNEY’S DONNA AMINI
ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE
OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM
One of the East Coast’s most engaging performers, Donna Amini returns in a big way, announcing the release of her newest music since 2019 – her second studio album, Other People. Amini has just released ‘Pilots’, the newest single off her upcoming album.
‘Pilots’ possesses a strong sense of self, serving up a great blend of arrangement and production execution. Consistent with the charm and creativity of its lead single, Other People will demonstrate a beautiful evolution of Amini’s style as a songwriter. As she charts course for the embrace of a new era, this is the type of album to reposition her clear and proven songwriting skills in front of audiences new and long-standing alike.
Entirely self-produced, Other People sees Amini flex as a musician and as a creative visionary. Set to feature previously released tracks like ‘Suburban Surf’ and ‘Big Machine’, the two tracks Amini developed and released prior to 2020, Other People represents a sonic and artistic peak for the Sydney songwriter and performer.
“The title ‘Other People’ relates to the false idea that we are somehow separate from others. And how questioning other peoples’ behaviour, is really holding up a mirror to our own. The entire album is an abstract presentation of how we look at the world through the lens of our own personal culture and traumas. But as a body of work, I’d say it’s a collection of songs that are cutting, full and direct.” DONNA AMINI
In addition to the release of ‘Pilots’ with the announcement of the Other People album, Amini has released a music video for the track, directed by Shahane Bekarian. Filmed in Sydney, at Good Loco in Marrickville.
“Shahane Bekarian directed a music video for a friend’s band, which I really liked. So I contacted him, and we got to work with a concept. Mostly it was going to be me dancing. Very choppy editing and black on white contrast between costume and background. He did a great job, and it suits the song. “ DONNA AMINI
Along with Amini’s own stand out musicianship, the album will feature instrumentation from Nick Collerson (drums), Jon Zion (bass), Tobias Priddle (bass – ‘Love Me’, ‘Ghost’), Scott Leishman (bass, ‘Hell’) and Wade Keighran (bass, ‘Big Machine’).
“The process was a long one. I first recorded the album live with a full band in 2017, but didn’t feel that the result was close to what I had envisaged the work to sound like. So I started again, recording all the guitar and drum parts at home and replacing them later at a studio.
“After that it was a matter of filling the songs out with synths, effects, solos and bass parts. And of course the vocals all had to be recorded in a clean studio environment. The process of recording this album was similar to my first album. The songs were built up and moulded over time. It took a long while, but I didn’t stop working on them till they sounded exactly how I imagined them to.” DONNA AMINI
PRAISE FOR DONNA AMINI
“Tune and a half. It bristles with an energy akin to many moody ‘90s alt rock heroes.”
Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed (‘Suburban Surf’)
“I feel like it’s the kind of song where you might be out at a bar and you hear this voice in the corner singing. And suddenly whoever you’re with, it just goes silent, you just tune your ears straight to that corner. It’s really moody and cool… I heard it the other day on triple j Unearthed radio and it just caught me hook line and sinker.”
Declan Byrne, triple j (‘Big Machine’)
“There’s this smouldering rumble that rests just beneath. This is very compelling – you’re bound
to stick around.”
Claire Mooney, triple j (‘Big Machine’)
‘PILOTS’ is OUT NOW
OTHER PEOPLE is released THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER
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