Following the release of her honey sweet, tongue-in-cheek new single Nice Like Rice, emerging Brisbane folk-pop artist Hallie has today been crowned triple j Unearthed’s BIGSOUND competition winner. The prize will see her open the triple j Unearthed stage at this year’s festival, ahead of performances from 3K, Adrian Eagle, Cry Club, Dulcie, Fergus James, Miiesha, Stevan, and Tones & I.
To celebrate the news, Hallie is also thrilled to reveal the quirky and playful music video accompaniment to Nice Like Rice, which premiered via Pilerats earlier this week. Set at a school sports carnival, Hallie, along with her friends and bandmates, tackle various elements of sports day survival; from house-coloured zinc and patterned Band-Aids, to lunchboxes and melting iceblocks.
Not one to shy away from emotion, Hallie wears her heart on her sleeve in Nice Like Rice, combining thoughtful yet playful lyrics, and emotive, soulful vocals with a deeply personal experience.
“Nice Like Rice is about losing a friend,” explains Hallie. “It’s about realising a friendship has been one sided, and finally allowing yourself to let go and move on from someone who you once considered to be close to you. When I wrote it, I was angry and finally felt I had the strength to say exactly how I had been feeling about the situation.”
The single signals a slight change in direction for the songwriter, drawing more from alternative rock inspirations such as Middle Kids and Alex Lahey than previous releases. The track was mixed and mastered by Brock Weston and produced by Jack McKenzie.
NICE LIKE RICE
With thanks to Habit Music Company