Photo Credit – Cybele Malinowski
Melbourne artist-on-the-rise Shannen James continues her reign as one of the country’s most exciting songwriters today with the release of Separate Ways – a striking alt-pop moment that sees James take a confident step into seriously infectious territory. With an effortlessness that saturates this brighter, poppier sound, Separate Ways bounces out of the speakers in a flurry of syncopated beats, with James’s unmistakable, velvety-smooth vocal, weaving its magic across the track. Separate Ways was premiered by Bridget Hustwaite on triple j Good Nights & was previewed to lucky fans across the artist’s first Australian, East Coast headline tour – whereby she sold out all shows across Melbourne (two shows), Sydney & Brisbane. Due to popular demand, today Shannen has also announced a headline show at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Thursday 2 December – tickets on sale now!
Directed by frequent collaborator and best friend Ellena Paskevicius, Separate Ways is brought to life by the video, pairing moments of reminiscing and reflection with colour, dancing, band jams, confetti cannons & more.
Shannen says of the track:
“Separate Ways is a candid take on when relationships dissipate and for whatever reason run their course. We all make connections with people that after some time you both kind of know that you’re starting to drift apart. It’s nothing to be bitter about, more so just being able to look back on those memories fondly and appreciate what you had with that person.”
Separate Ways follows her recent single, the glistening Superstitious – added straight to triple j rotation and peaking at #22 on the US Submodern Singles chart. The track was also supported by streaming services including Spotify (Front Left, New Music Friday, Fresh Finds in the US & more) as well as Apple Music (NMD, Alt Pop, Heaps Indie, Mellow Days & more). Superstitious followed Shannen’s breakthrough 2020 EP ‘Arrows’, which included hits such as the bright title track Arrows, Collide, her 2019 debut, Something In The Water, and Empty Eyes. The EP earnt Shannen adds across triple j & triple j unearthed (including a Feature Artist nod), Spotify, Apple Music, champions across the likes of NME (“a slice of indie pop sunshine that stokes anticipation for an LP”), Bigsound (2020 lineup), a remix of EP track Seventeen by The Rubens, live performances on The Sound and shows alongside G Flip & Men I Trust. Fans in QLD can catch Shannen play at Neck Of The Woods Festival on Sat 25 Sept alongside Ball Park Music.
Shannen James – Separate Ways
Out now through Ivy League Records
Thu 2 Dec – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets on sale HERE
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With thanks to Ivy League + Mushroom Group