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Song You Need to Know: Odette, ‘Amends’

“This song is about trying and persevering even when you feel like you’ve already failed,” Odette explains of the track.

Giulia McGauran*

With just a few weeks to go until the release of her new album, Herald, Odette has shared the latest single from her record by way of the striking “Amends”.

The follow-up to last year’s singles “Dwell” and “Feverbreak”, the new track from the English-born Aussie artist sees Odette delivering a powerful anthem of self-reflection and relationships between people.

“True to its title, ‘Amends’ is a submission to pain,” Odette explains. “‘Amends’ is a song I wrote during a period of unwellness. I was hurting myself and the people I loved with cruel disregard. This song is about trying and persevering even when you feel like you’ve already failed.”

“Amends” also comes accompanied by a mesmerising video clip, directed by Peter Elisha Hume, and featuring cinematography by Jack Sheperd.

“This video represents the changes I have experienced over the last few years,” Odette explains. “It’s a statement about my yearning for guidance and coming to terms with how it feels to be alive in all is complexities.”

“I made the clay and fabric puppets for this video, I wrote the treatment and I was involved in the final edit,” she continues, discussing how her vision was brought to life. “Working with older women was important to me for this, purely because I wanted to connect and learn.

“I guess I had this notion that ‘if they can do this, live their lives and still be so ethereal and enigmatic, then surely I can handle what comes my way’. I have a long way to go but this video marks the start of my journey towards kindness.”

“Amends” is set to feature on Odette’s upcoming album Herald, which arrives on February 5th, and sees the acclaimed artist working with producer Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire, The Killers) to create a truly special collection of songs.

“I sabotaged a lot of good relationships, but I wrote this album because I wanted to document it in a way that wasn’t enabling it,” Odette explained of the record in a statement. “I originally called it Dwell because it was all about ruminating, which is a huge problem for me.

“But it’s one thing to draw attention to an illness or a thought, or a practice or behaviour that isn’t healthy, but it’s another thing to create an image around it, and I didn’t want Dwell to be the main take-away. I wanted it to very much be about reflecting, self-analysis and then growth. The most important part, for me, is the growth.”

Odette’s “Amends” is out now, while Herald is released via EMI Music Australia on February 5th, with pre-orders available now.