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Australian singer-songwriter Langside has just released a new track, Cold. The new song builds on the themes explored on her debut album If It’s All the Same to You (2021). As Langside says about the personal anguish behind her latest work, ‘I got married at the sweet young age of nineteen. Just over seven years later, my husband dropped a series of self-realisation bombs on our relationship, and I found myself making the decision to end my marriage.’ The track combines R&B-soul and contemporary pop, utilising vocals, muted funk bass, late-night lounge beats, and modern jazz influences to generate a rich yet sparse musical setting for a series of memorable melodies. As Langside says about the inspiration for the new track, ‘Cold is the story of the end of the road for my marriage, showcasing the idealisation I held on to for far too long and too stubbornly, realising I was in a marriage that was rarely bright and often sombre.’ Cold is a smooth yet refined summary of the aftereffects of a breakdown, featuring a direct and accessible lyric, and yet it’s also a showcase for Langside’s expressive vocal performance.
The track will help establish Langside’s artistic presence, as are her live performances; as Langside says about a recent career first, ‘I recently had the opportunity to support Casey Donovan for her Bluesday on Tour show as a part of the Great Southern Nights initiative. To play a 500-capacity theatre to a brand-new audience who had never heard of me, just one week after playing my debut show as Langside to an audience of friends and family, was very special. The audiences were so different, but it was an honour to connect with people who know me and those who don’t. And really, that’s all I want to do, connect with people through my music.