It’s been a while since we last featured former Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year, Australia’s Meg Mac here. If I recall correctly we interviewed her back in late 2017 on the eve of her sold out Melbourne Forum show. Since then, of course, Meg has gone from strength to strength blowing away national audience with her arousing debut album Low Blows.
The thing that stood out most back then about Megan Sullivan McInerney’s debut was her incredible voice and her personal approach to songwriting. In fact, songwriting as a form of therapy is how Meg Mac deals with her emotions. She seems to let it all out, whether it is behind the keys of her piano or in front of a microphone. That said, there’s something about Meg Mac that definitely reminds me of the genius that is Fiona Apple when I listen to her. Like Fiona Apple, Meg Mac appears to have an old soul and deft touch for songwriting as a cathartic release. Interestingly, in our 2017 interview with Meg, when I asked her whether there were any more demons musically speaking to exorcise, she said there were “plenty more dark places to go” and that she knew they were coming.
And so, late last year, Meg began the process of putting together new material for her sophomore follow-up to Low Blows. Give Me My Name Back was the first new single unveiled, a stirring empowering anthem about reclaiming one’s identity, dignity and self-worth. More recently last week, on the eve of a new tour that will include the United States, Europe and the UK before heading back home, she has released another new emotionally charged song called Something Tells Me, co-written with Grammy nominated Melbourne songwriter Sarah Aarons.
In short, it is quite reminiscent to her work on Low Blows. That in itself is interesting and I have to wonder whether Meg is playing it safe? But despite my assertions, it is still nonetheless a standout track in which Meg’s aching voice is, as always, the star of the show. On it she sings about ignoring others and doing what is best for oneself.
Meg explains it best here, “Something Tells Me is about trying not to listen to the people around you but working out what you really want to do. I’ve made so many decisions and choices based on what other people tell me I should or shouldn’t do. This song is about not doing that anymore”.
Take a listen to the track, here below. Also click here to listen on Spotify.