We’ve been loving what’s coming up from Down Under of late – and it’s almost exclusively female.
In June it was the melancholy noir of Melbourne’s Phebe Starr. And now we have the lovely Filipina-Aussie Chela – born Chelsea Wheatley – brandishing her utterly infectious new single “Heart O’ Hearts” (from her upcoming EP Delivery, due out October 23). With its chunky synths, jittery groove and soaring melodies, it’s like some decade-hopping melding of Austra and Scritti Politti.
The accompanying video shows her doing psychological battle with, well…herself, in between bursts of exuberant dancing. It perfectly encapsulates the lyrical themes: “I’m far from a saint / But I’m open to change / I’m measuring all that I am.”
“I wrote this song about inner conflict resolution,” she explains, “the good vs. the evil, the positive voice in one ear reckoning with the negative on the other side. It’s a mantra for quieting down the dark side of yourself.”
Considering how busy the dark side of humanity has been lately, the timing couldn’t be better.