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Song You Need to Know: ILUKA, ‘Get Free’

A cathartic anthem of escape, “Get Free” sees ILUKA exploring the left of centre approach she’s always taken to her craft.

Dan Knott*

Sydney musician ILUKA has been a name to watch for quite a few years now, but with the release of her recent single “Get Free”, it’s clear that she’s asserting herself as one of the major players in the world of indie-pop.

Having last released new music by way of April’s Lime Cordiale collaboration, “Mess”, late August saw ILUKA return with her latest track, the uplifting “Get Free”. Described as an uplifting pop anthem for those who wish to throw off the shackles, “Get Free” provides the sonic escape the listener desires by way of its slick synths, pounding drums, and of course, ILUKA’s soaring vocals.

“I think it was a confession of the journey I’ve been on over the years,” ILUKA explained in a statement. “A celebration of the messy and long-winded route I’ve always taken – always a little left of centre and always in reach of something but never quite getting there, wherever ‘there’ even is.

“I think it was a way for me to find joy in that path rather than frustration and loneliness and in turn, to hopefully bring some kind of joy to the listeners.”

Working with producer Aron Forbes, the arrival of “Get Free” was something of a creative breakthrough for ILUKA, who had the chorus bouncing around inside her years for quite a while before teaming up with Forbes in a late-2020 writing session. Within hours, the pair had crafted the whole song, and a collaborative partnership had been formed.

“It was also a pretty special moment of finding my collaborator who ended up producing my first record,” she explains. “It was one of those ‘aha’ moments when you find that person you know you’re meant to work with – suddenly a new universe opens up. I can’t wait for the world to hear everything else we’ve been working on over the last year and a bit!”

Alongside the release of the single, ILUKA also shared an accompanying music video which saw her working with director and frequent collaborator Sophia de Vries to craft a visual journey of finding freedom, with the clip itself filmed on Gundungurra and Darug land in the Blue Mountains.

“We wanted to create a visual journey that embodied the idea of feeling free,” de Vries explains. “Expansive natural environments, vibrant colours and expressive movement. I was particularly inspired by the French filmmaker Eric Rohmer and the feeling of long summer days with no place to be.”

While “Get Free” has been out in the world for a few weeks, fans will get a chance to hear the track in its full glory when ILUKA teams up with Lime Cordiale for their recently-rescheduled national tour, which kicks off in April.

ILUKA’s “Get Free” is out now.

Lime Cordiale Australian Tour April/May 2022

With special guests Teenage Dads, ILUKA (all states) + Dulcie (WA only)

Thursday, April 7th, 2022
(Previously Friday, October 29th, 2021)
Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

Friday, April 8th, 2022
(Previously Saturday, October 30th, 2021)
Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022
(Previously Friday, October 22nd, 2021)
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 (Sold Out)
(Previously Friday, October 15th, 2021)
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)

Thursday, April 21st, 2022 (Sold Out)
(Previously Saturday, October 16th, 2021)
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 (New Show)
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, May 6th, 2022
(Previously Saturday, October 9th, 2021)
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketmaster

New Sydney show on sale from 12pm AEST, Friday, September 24th
Chugg Members pre-sale and Frontier Members pre-sale runs 24 hours from 11am local time, Thursday, September 23rd