Asta returns with a new single ‘Shine’, a slice of up-tempo funk, courtesy of a new writing and production collaboration with wunderkind YEO. Plus news that a full EP and national tour are slated for the new year.
Asta says, “‘Shine’ is just about growing up! Awkwardly learning to trust my gut, savour the good, bouncing back from crap and ultimately just going my own way.”
The taster to a long-awaited debut EP, ‘Shine’ – which premiered on triple j’s Goodnights with Linda Marigliano – is a fresher progression from last year’s hit ‘Dynamite’ with Adelaide rapper Allday. Reaching #47 in triple j’s Hottest 100, Asta flanked ‘Dynamite’s success with notable performances at Splendour In The Grass, THIS THAT and Falls Festival, as well as performing a beautiful re-imagination of the Whitney Houston’s classic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ for triple j’s Like a Version.
‘Shine’ hits airwaves on Friday 18 November with Asta’s debut EP out early 2017 and touring to follow.
From that momentous piano chord that kicks off latest single ‘Shine’ it’s apparent that Asta’s debut EP is a confident step up. This fierce new audacity continually emerges throughout the five track offering in a glistening display of self-assured pop from the former triple j Unearthed High winner. Courtesy of a new writing and production collaboration with Melbourne based wunderkid Yeo and an emerging writer who goes by the name Aurelia, Asta has flipped her original brooding acoustic pop sound on its head. The result? A debut EP teeming with confidence and life.
Now 22, Asta feels as though she’s finally found her sound. “Having been discovered in high school by triple j, I had to do some living before I had enough to say for a debut EP. I think I’ve scrubbed enough dishes, eaten enough tofu and broken a few hearts now to deserve a party. ”
Asta was just 17 years old when she took out triple j’s Unearthed High in 2012. She has since released a string of singles including two triple j Hottest 100 charting hits, ‘My Heart is On Fire’ (#50, 2012) and ‘Dynamite ft. Allday’ (#47, 2015) and impressed with a soulful rendition of the Whitney Houston classic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ for triple j’s Like a Version. No stranger to the stage Asta has multiple packed headline tours, festival spots including Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass as well as high profile shows alongside the likes of Ellie Goulding. Arguably one of the country’s most powerful emerging live voices, an Asta show is an infectious euphoric experience not to be missed this February.
Tickets are on sale now for the Asta Shine EP tour.
Shine EP is released on Friday February 17
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