“’Thin Skin’ possesses the optimistic hopes and joys of the 60s and 70s. Sunflower bring a dreamy, summer energy that contagiously puts a smile on your face and gives me shivers simultaneously.” – 4.5/5 stars
– Nkechi Anele – triple j (AUS)
“A song that moulds together swaying guitar melodies with rather quite enchanting vocals, deep with this emotional brightness that captures the group’s drive to share these meaningful bursts of indie-pop.”
– Pilerats (AUS)
Following on from the release of their critically praised single Thin Skin, Brisbane-based indie-pop group Sunflower have just returned with the tranquil accompanying video clip – directed by co-vocalist Lawson Doyle and filmed and edited by Aidan McCowan.
Shot across various iconic Brisbane locations including Fortitude Valley and Victoria Bridge, the clip sees co-vocalist Kahlia Ferguson journeying from busking on the streets of Brisbane to vast lush landscapes. The story follows Kahlia at one of her lowest points, before finding her sense of empowerment, seeing a visible shift in her body language from start to finish.
Kahlia describes the inspiration behind the clip:
“Filming the music video for Thin Skin was a liberating experience for me. It’s such a deeply honest song, and I wanted the visuals to reflect that. My side-hustle at the moment is playing acoustic cover songs at venues, and it can completely drain me of inspiration and creativity at times. No matter how much you give yourself to the performance, there are always backs to you and people talk loudly and the manager asking you to turn the volume down. It gets me down when I let it. The whole scenario of the Thin Skin music video is based around that experience. The character I play begins solemn and lost and finishes very free and empowered. I like the thought that I’m heading in the same direction. With as much love as we have for Brisbane, this feeling of ‘small town mentality’ was a massive inspiration behind the songwriting.”
To coincide with the release, the band will play at the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and The Brightside, Brisbane, Stay Gold and Wrangler Studios, Melbourne and Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney in 2021. This continues on from recent performances at Yonder Festival in Imbil, Valley Fiesta, Brisbane and a sold-out headlining show at Black Bear Lodge.
Since release, the track has seen support from Apple Music, triple j, triple j Unearthed, Pilerats, The AU Review and a slew of Australian community radio stations. Previous singles Better Days and Get Yourself Together also received support from blogs Atwood Magazine (USA), The Music, Beat Magazine, and TV outlets MTV and ABC’s Rage.
Thin Skin is available worldwide now
SUNFLOWER UPCOMING 2021 LIVE SHOWS
SAT 6 FEB | MOUNTAIN GOAT VALLEY CRAWL, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 16 APR | STAY GOLD, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 17 APR | WRANGLER STUDIOS, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 23 APR | OXFORD ARTS GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 24 APR | THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE QLD
With thanks to Good Intent