“‘Hold Ya’ is a slick piece of dreamy pop from the critically-acclaimed far north Queensland artist” Rolling Stone
Three times Queensland Music Award winner, singer songwriter LT has shared her delightful new single, Hold Ya – a sugary slice of heartening dream pop. The track is accompanied by a charming Chelsey Johnston video that perfectly captures some lovely moments of connection between people.
Soaked in nostalgia, Hold Ya is clever indie pop that showcases LT at her best. Littered with triumphant brass notes and uplifting guitar, the track is buoyed by LT’s dreamy voice with that refreshing Aussie pronunciation she’s known for. “Hold Ya was written during a pretty turbulent time,” explains LT, “It’s a story about two people in love, however through the struggles they’ve endured they begin to drift apart. Neither of them want to leave, but both of them are desperately seeking reassurance that the other wants them to in fact stay and it turns out they both do.”
Check out ‘HOLD YA’ here
LT tells Jen her Top 5 Aussie female artists
1. Courtney Barnett – ‘Avant Gardener’
The first time I saw Courtney Barnett live was at the Coburg RSL in Melbourne as part of a Milk Records showcase. It was a mystery lineup spanning acts including Hachiku, Courtney Barnett, The Finks, Jade Imagine, Evelyn Ida Morris, East Brunswick All Girls Choir and Jen Cloher. Which night they’ll be playing is anyone’s guess and as an added bonus the soup kitchen was serving warm soup and the bar cheap drinks. I had been a fan of Courtney’s for a short while so I was stoked when I saw her step into the tiny corner of the room and start shredding the guitar. Her story-telling is what initially drew me in, but then to discover her unpretentious and capturing stage presence, and the way she transformed the energy in the low-slung ceilings of a dark little RSL was what kept me there. Fan for life.
2. Holly Rankin (Jack River) – ‘Stardust and Rust’
I was listening to a lot of Jack River when writing my last album, Happiness is…..
I love the way that Holly structures her songs, and it is so reminiscent of that 90’s vibe that was the soundtrack to my life. All of her songs are bangers in my opinion.
3. Amy Taylor (Amyl and the Sniffers) – ‘Monsoon Rock’
I’ve not yet seen Amyl and the Sniffers live but I am dying to. It’s all about the stage presence and attitude with this chick and it’s so damn refreshing. She’s raw and unpolished, yet flawless at the same time. I think Amy Taylor is one of the most exciting frontwomen Australia has had in a very long time and while she may not be everyone’s cup of tea – I doubt she even cares, and that’s what I love.
4. Sahara Beck – ‘21st Century’
Sahara is ridiculously talented and I’m not just being biased because she’s a mate. She really, really is something special. I’ve watched Sahara grow as a performer over the years and she continues to inspire me at each and every show. Her songwriting is refreshingly unique and a perfect blend of nostalgia and fresh sound. She’ll be doing big things.
5. Olympia – ‘Blue Light Disco’
Olympia is best cranked on a road trip on long highways, or out in the desert. She is an artist that I feel is a little underrated and has such a unique sound. Her songwriting takes twists and turns that you’re not expecting and contains killer melodies. Some albums the more you listen to them, the more you love them and I think ‘Self Talk’ is one of those for me. It was on a road trip up to Cooktown, driving those long highways and dirt roads that ‘Self Talk’ made its way into one of my forever albums.
Already notching up some impressive acclaim pre-release, Hold Ya placed LT as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards (Blues & Roots category). And LT’s last single Overthinker was part of the Slow Down Songs campaign last month, she’s one of ten Queensland acts (including Jungle Giants, Tijuana Cartel and more) who have donated their tunes to
a Spotify campaign addressing road safety outside schools, alerting drivers when they are five kilometres from a school zone. The Slow Down Songs campaign on behalf of the Australian Road Safety Foundation sees Spotify insert the songs, edited to include the safety message, into the personalised playlists of its Queensland premium users.
Filmed and edited by emerging filmmaker and fellow Cairns local, Chelsey Johnston, with visual effects and animation by Annie Murray from Bigger Picture Animation, LT insights, “Chelsey had the beautiful idea of capturing moments of connection between people. Mothers and daughters, best friends and lovers all connecting in different ways. She messed around with the speed of the track during the filming process, which really signified to me the changes of pace we all experience in any relationship. Relationships change, move, disappear and re-invent
themselves all the time and our life can be quite tough if we don’t allow them to do that. Sometimes you’ve got to try harder, and sometimes you have to let go. We chose to film at the Cairns Roller Skating Rink as it’s dear to the community and holds so many memories and stories of connection within its 1980s decor.” View Hold Ya video
The UK-born, Papua New Guinea-raised, far north Queensland resident, LT recently rebranded from Leanne Tennant. After the release of her third studio album Happiness Is….. in the troubled year of 2020, Leanne had the space and time to reflect on her career to date – and where she wanted to head in 2021. She explains, “I rarely ever get called by my full name, and I really felt that after such a complicated year it was time to simplify my life and go by the name most know me by and start 2021 with a fresh outlook. LT feels so right to me.”
Thrilled to get back to performing live after the year that was, LT recently supported Bernard Fanning and has announced shows at Bearded Lady (Brisbane) on April 17, Brother Jenkins (Cairns) on April 22 and will play the Sunshine Sounds Festival (Eumundi, QLD) on May 1 and 2.
SAT 17 APR | BEARDED LADY, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
Supporting Roz Pappalardo
THUR 22 APR | BROTHER JENKINS, CAIRNS QLD | 18+
Supporting Roz Pappalardo
SAT 1 MAY | SUNSHINE SOUNDS FESTIVAL, EUMUNDI QLD | ALL AGES
SUN 2 MAY | SUNSHINE SOUNDS FESTIVAL, EUMUNDI QLD | ALL AGES
Tickets available from https://www.oztix.com.au
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