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Song You Need to Know: Tia Gostelow, ‘Always’

Collaborating with Holy Holy and The Money War, “Always” sees Tia Gostelow delivering a veritable ’80s dance-floor anthem.

Jeff Anderson Jnr*

Close to two years since the release of her debut album Tia Gostelow is moving closer to record number two, releasing her latest single, “Always”, today.

A collaboration with Holy Holy, “Always” sees Gostelow showcasing her love of retro sounds, offering up a veritable ’80s dance-floor anthem. With Oscar Dawson on production duties, and Tim Carroll lending his gorgeous vocals, the track is a mesmerising mix of two stunning artists at their best.

“I am so excited about ‘Always’ being released,” Gostelow explained. “I feel like it’s the song that sums up the whole vibe of the album and I’m so stoked to have Holy Holy featuring on it.

“It was really cool to be able to work with Oscar and Tim on it and I love that you can hear elements of their distinct sound throughout the song, eg. Oscar’s lil guitar solo at the end.”

As Gostelow explains, the writing of the song was another collaboration, with WA duo The Money War offering their talents to the track.

“II’ve been a big fan of The Money War for a really long time and had the chance to finally see them play at BIGSOUND last year, and they absolutely killed it,” Gostelow added. “I feel like there is something really magical about their music and lyrics and I really fell in love with them.

“I ended up getting an email from Dylan from The Money War after seeing them live saying he has some songs that he thinks would really suit me. I sat on them for a little while because I wasn’t sure how I felt about releasing a song that I hadn’t written myself or had been apart of in the writing process, but I just couldn’t get ‘Always’ out of my head.”

Beginning as an angelic, piano-filled demo before turning into a powerful dance-floor filler, Gostelow explains that the track took on another life of its own throughout the process.

“I really wanted to have a big ’80s synth-pop, big drums kind of sound that everybody wants to dance too,” she adds. “It kind of reminds me of an ’80s prom in a rom-com movie.”

The release of “Always” follows on from the release of previous singles “Rush” and “Psycho”, which will appear on Gostelow’s as-yet-untitled second album, which is due for release in the latter half of 2020.