Dear Willow

Birthed from letters to her older self, Dear Willow is the musical project by Sunshine Coast creative Em-J Dau. Growing up with the arts close to her heart (just short of a family heirloom) has meant that expressing herself has been a story telling affair. Dear Willow has been many things, first letters and poetry, then to a solo folk acoustic act, and has recently evolved into something bigger than expected. Innumerable shows, countless songs and working with other creative types have helped stretch Dear Willow from timid songstress to seasoned performer.

Since releasing her first commercial single ‘Father’s House’ in 2015, Dear Willow has become a known name on the Sunshine Coast. Local blog The Point described EmJ as having “one of those voices that is soft, and slightly melancholic, yet has a ferocity to it”, which is true of her songs too, to say the least.

While it was straight forward to box ‘Father’s House’ into the folky world, Dear Willows’ sound has moved to more of a mix, which could be soft indie rock, or alternative pop, or Lord-knows-what depending on whom you ask. The best way to describe Dear Willows newest offering, ‘When It Burns’, is to imagine a smoky, punchy indie pop song with a hint of Bastille vibes then added some raspy guitars, synthy lines and a groove that jumps from high hat sizzles galore to straight up soft rock.

‘When It Burns’ will be available from September 9th and supported by a swag of shows including a single launch at music hub Solbar on Thursday 15th September, followed by an appearance at the Brisbane Festival on the 16th September at Arcadia Activations.

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