Melbourne indie trio outfit have performed a socially-distanced version of debut single “sunny” for the latest instalment of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home following a year which has seen live shows become a rarity.
It was only a few weeks ago that the world was officially introduced to outfit, a Melbourne trio who had previously made a musical appearance earlier this year with “fridge magnet”, of which a demo was uploaded to their triple j Unearthed profile.
But with the release of “sunny” earlier this month, it became clear that outfit are well on their way to widespread recognition. Already sounding far more accomplished than most nascent groups, their talent is of no surprise given their collective history. Having first met in Perth, the members of the band have worked together in various projects for some time now, with Tim Tan known for his work as a songwriter for acclaimed Aussie artists such as Jaguar Jonze and Enschway.
However, his reach and talent is globally recognised too, with credits in the world of K-pop thanks to his work with names such as aespa & ENHYPEN. Given that his catalogue boats over 200 million streams, three million physical sales, and four number one Japanese albums, it’s no surprise that outfit make their proper debut with one of the catchiest songs of the year.
To celebrate the release of the track, the trio (which also features Cam and Ben) donated their time to offer up a socially-distanced version of the track for our listening pleasure.
Speaking of the track upon its release, Tim explained that the inspiration behind the track is something that many of us would be relating to in times such as these, especially as we continue to seek that light at the end of the tunnel.
“The concept surrounded the sentiment of ‘I woke up, but in a way I guess I could have kept sleeping‘, describing the cyclical nature of day to day life at the time,” Tim noted. “We were in between houses, work in the music industry took a dive due to the pandemic and really we just needed a light at the end of the tunnel to move closer to.
“From there the song grew into a full concept dealing with issues around mental health and finding comfort in what and who you have around you to collectively move towards the sunnier, sunnier, sunnier place.”
Check out outfit’s performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone Australia’s Instagram page. In the meantime, their debut single, “sunny”, was released earlier this month.