Wandering Australian musician Stu Larsen has shared a pair of his gorgeous compositions for the latest edition of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home while in quarantine.
The last few months have been big ones for Larsen, who released his latest album – Marigold – back in early April. A record borne out of personal heartbreak, it’s provided listeners with some of the most intensely emotional tunes to help guide them through the current quarantine period the world is persevering through.
While many Australians find themselves dealing with another winter at this point in time, Larsen instead finds himself over in rural France, where he performed a pair of tracks for our ‘In My Room’ series. Describing the location as “not a bad place to be stuck”, it serves as a perfect backdrop for the delicately powerful tracks he shares for us.
Kicking things off with recent single “Hurricane”, the upbeat nature of the track feels at odds with the heartfelt lyrics which Larsen shares with pure conviction. With barely any room for a breath between them, he wraps up his two-song set with a beautiful rendition of “Wide Awake & Dreaming”, with the haunting finger-picked guitar line helping to lead the stunning track.
With his latest album being released in early April, Larsen explained at the time that while his tendency to travel didn’t have a decided impact on his songwriting, it did influence the trajectory of his life and the content of his music.
“I feel like these songs are more personal than any of my previous work,” Larsen explained. “They’re about falling deeply in love with someone who came into my life and then disappeared soon after. It’s very personal. I’m attached to the message and the feelings.
“The travel didn’t necessarily affect the lyrics of the songs, but it did influence the relationship and produce the songs themselves—because I was writing on the road everywhere from Eastern Europe to South America. My takeaway from the entire situation is, ‘love really is a mystery.’”