Devon-born artist Austel (aka Annie Rew Shaw) seems to have a lot on her plate for a young musician. With multiple UK tours, high-profile support slots on shows including Fleet Foxes and even an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. Fans of Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Lyla Foy, Munro Fox and Stella Martyr might recognise her sound from past collaborations.
Later this year, Austel will release her debut EP ‘Unfold’, and she has given her listeners a taster from the upcoming project with the lead single ‘Crows’, a real stunning piece of electronica. She’s teamed up with highly experienced producer Adam Stark and credits him for helping her find her voice and direction. It seems to be a match made in heaven and the result is a phenomenally-executed.
‘Crows’ is an atmospheric blend of electric sounds that draw you in from the first beat and you’ll find yourself becoming wrapped up by its ethereal depth and warmth. Describing the track, Austel said “The lyrics for the song became a mantra for me; I was feeling quite lost and lonely and they served as a reminder to myself to seek inner strength and independence”. The song isn’t massively lyric-heavy, mainly repeating “I don’t have to go where you go, I don’t have to speak when you don’t” in a rebellious outcry of independence and strength.
Production-savvy and fans of SOHN, James Blake and Banks. Cop this one below or listed on Spotify here.