February 20, 2019

SOTD: Yorke can go far with poignant new single ‘Wake The City’

SOTD: Yorke can go far with poignant new single ‘Wake The City’
Image Credit: Max Fairclough

‘Wake The City’ could be the start of something special for Yorke. Real name Grace Hughes, the Byron Bay artist is a fresh addition to the Island Records Australia roster and promises big things at radio and beyond.

‘Wake The City’, released today, sits snugly at the precipice of indie, electronica and pop, a space that’s getting increasingly popular thanks to the likes of Vera Blue and Billie Eilish. Andy Mak has co-writing and production credits on the track, which Yorke calls “a big turning point” for her sonically.

“We started chatting about the themes as we sat down at an old upright piano in the studio and the song just wrote itself. It ended up being one of the most vulnerable and exposed songs I’ve ever written, even though on first listen, it may appear hopeful.”

The single follows on from debut track ‘First Light’ which was premiered on triple j’s Good Nights in October. In the end, the youth broadcaster opted against adding the single to the playlist, but may think differently this time around.   

The accompanying video was shot in various location around Brisbane, and offers up simple voyeuristic footage which compliments the overall sincerity of the track.