Left-leaning pop artist Austen has released her new single North South East West, a gorgeous track about blossoming love, out today – April 29 on Tank Top Records. Austen has also released a stunning clip to accompany the track, featuring an all-Austen band performing on a ‘60s talk show, filmed by Teel Studios (JOY., Nyxen, Miss Blanks).
North South East West feels evocative of alt-pop forces Clairo and King Princess with a Mark Ronson-esque beat and production – but also exhibits something uniquely Austen. Perfectly summery, with gentle, rolling percussion and lush, full instrumentation that highlights Austen’s quietly assured vocal, North South East West is a woozy track that feels just like falling in love. Co-written by Evan Klar and Hailey Collier, and co-produced by Evan Klar and Jono Ma, North South East West is a beautiful addition to Austen’s impressive discography, as she explains, “North South East West is about that easy type of love where it feels like you’re living in a hazy dream, exploring new territory and not having to force anything – a love letter to the honeymoon period. I’d written a lot of songs about toxic love and I wanted this one to be the polar opposite…it’s a love song to simple, flirty love.”
Austen’s Top 5 fashion styles!
- Curly Hair
As someone with fluffy, curly hair, who has been blow-drying or straightening it into submission for most of my life, I love this recent trend of natural curls. Though it’s a bit disappointing that this has happened in my twenties, rather than my early teens when a mop of curly ginger hair would mean I got called Hermione Granger by everyone at school (in retrospect, what a compliment) – I’m stoked that I haven’t touched a straightener in the last 6 months and I might never again.
- Twiggy Eyes
So cute, so mod, looks really good on stage from a distance. I love colourful makeup and the 60’s era did it so well. Even though it kind of feels like trying to do winged eyeliner on Extra Difficulty mode, it’s worth it.
- Face Masks
While I can’t say I love the events that caused them to be a necessary trend, I’m leaning into face mask fashion. Repping your fave pattern or brand or artist on your face, and only having to do half your makeup? Count me in.
- Gogo Boots
These boots are made for walkin’, but moreso, they’re made for boogying. The only type of high heels I’ll ever willingly wear.
- Leather / Vinyl Trench Coat
Am I wearing pyjamas under it? You don’t know, and you never will. The ultimate lazy fashion hack.
The video for North South East West is as joyous as the song itself. Filmed by Teel Studios (JOY., Miss Blanks), the clip features Austen starring in every role, from drummer to audience member, and has a gorgeous, sun-soaked, retro vibe. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the video, Austen says, “ I had the idea as a way to bring out the breezy, throwback vibe of the song, and also because it just feels like a song that needs to be played live. I was at home playing around on the song with my guitar and my bass and drum pads, and I thought if my band can’t cross the borders then I may as well play all the bits myself. I wanted to create different characters for each instrument, to form the ultimate girl band and embrace those different sides of myself.”
We’re keen for Austen to bring her eclectic sound to the stage after a trying 2020 with no shows – and she feels the same way, explaining, “This year I’m really excited to expand my show to have a live band, after touring for the past couple of years with a smaller setup. After so long with no gigs because of Covid, it’s inspired me to go all out and make it a hectic experience.”
North South East West is out now on Tank Top Records.