Following on from her debut LP Thick Skin – which featured Gold-certified single ‘Strangers’ and picked up a Queensland Music Award for Album Of The Year and took out a Triple J Feature album – Chrysalis is a snapshot of Gostelow’s last two years.
Bursting with veritable ’80s dance-floor anthems, big drum beats and rom-com film soundbeds, Chrysalis is a powerful second album.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to release Chrysalis, it kind of felt like it would never be out in the world so I can’t even explain how excited I am for it to come out,” said the Mackay-born singer-songwriter.
“Chrysalis touches on really personal moments of my life over the last two years. I wrote these songs when I was living by myself in Brisbane and when I was in probably the loneliest and most anxious state I’ve been in,” she added. “I’ve found it really difficult to navigate life being away from my family and my partner, I’m such a family orientated person so when I was living by myself in a big city it really took a toll on me mentally. I feel like dealing with these emotions and putting them into these songs helped me overcome those feelings.”
The album features a reimagined version of ‘Get To It’, which was mixed from the ground up by ARIA nominated Melbourne artist and Oscar Dawson (Dukes Of Windsor, HOLY HOLY).
“Before the songs were even finished I knew I wanted Oscar Dawson to produce the record,” noted Gostelow. “He’s a gun and I was obsessed with all of the music coming out that he was producing. I met up with him in Brisbane and we instantly got along so well.
“Going into record this album I obviously knew a bit more than I did recording Thick Skin and I was a bit more inclined to have more involvement musically. I played bass, piano and synth on some songs which was really important to me and I’m so grateful that Oscar was so patient with me,” she added. “He really pushed me to go to places vocally and musically that I probably wouldn’t have done without him which I am also super grateful for!”
11.Get To It
OVERALL RATING: 3½ stars