After seven years in the game, three EPs, and numerous singles, Brisbane’s Mallrat has finally revealed all the details of her forthcoming debut album, Butterfly Blue.
Set to arrive on May 13th, news of Butterfly Blue comes accompanied by the release of new single, “Teeth”, a track that feels as progressive as it does nostalgic.
“I like to think that if ‘Teeth’ was out in 2004 it would be on the OC soundtrack,” explains Mallrat. “In the song I describe a big, omnipresent ‘it’. When I wrote these lyrics I was playing with the idea that we talk about sex and prayer and violence and power with very similar language. I wanted to see if I could blur all of these things into one blurry ball of energy.”
The third single to be taken from the album (following on from “Your Love” and “Rockstar”), “Teeth” is a strong example of the sort of musical styles that Mallrat moves into for this record. With influences from the pop, rock, and folk genres, Butterfly Blue also includes a number of surprising influences, including distorted effects recorded from discarded children’s toys, a flipped recording of a children’s choir performing “Lisztomania”, and chopped-up Gangsta Pat bars. The result is something truly unique.
“I’ve always valued music that is interesting, beautiful and unpretentious,” adds Mallrat. “Something timeless and not reactive. Butterfly Blue was made with that in mind. It’s a demonstration of not pretending to be anyone else.”
Butterfly Blue follows on from the release of Mallrat’s first three EPs, with Uninvited, In the Sky, and Driving Music arriving in 2016, 2018, and 2019, respectively. The latter snuck into the top ten of the ARIA charts, with lead single “Charlie” scoring a bronze medal in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2019.
Full details of Butterfly Blue are expected to be released soon, including its tracklist and full list of collaborators.
Mallrat’s “Teeth” is out now, while Butterfly Blue will be released on May 13th, with pre-orders available now.