There are some artists who have difficulty switching between genres or they simply just often choose to stay in a particular niche because it’s most comfortable to them. Then there are those like Taylor Swift who successfully reinvent themselves, in an attempt to stay creatively inspired, and successful over a course of a potentially long career. In some respects, Missy Higgins falls in this latter group of artists, who have changed their creative life with interesting results.
For well over a decade Missy Higgins has delighted listeners with her piano and acoustic arrangements with celebrated hits like Scar and The Special Two, but her newest collection of songs which include the singles Futon Couchand Cemetery, of her fifth studio album, Solastalgia, unveil a more lush synth sound with drum loops approach arguably a reflection of her maturity as a musician and person. Lyrically Missy Higgins has approached songwriting differently here to, quite a contrast from her younger years:
“I’ve always tried to write honestly about what’s going on inside my head and that’s still the case so in a way nothing has changed”, Missy explains. “When I was a teenager I was writing songs about early heartbreaks and other stuff I was experiencing but my life’s very different now. I got married. We had a baby. My priorities have changed and my thoughts are gravitating towards different things like, well, the end of the world!” – Missy Higgins.
Solastalgia, which was incidentally released in April last year, may sound like a leap of faith for an artist who has cemented her career of the back of driving piano melodies, but it is nonetheless most welcomed. From it comes Cemetery, which has been on my stereo also this week, in a sort of Australian tribute with Lisa Mitchell and others, highlighting their new adventures into the world of synth pop. Enjoy!