Guest Playlist: Essie Holt’s tunes for surviving the Melbourne Winter

We can’t get enough of Essie Holt‘s new single “Better For You”, which you can check out at the end of this article. The Melbourne singer/songwriter is having a massive year, having just announced a management deal, hitting the road with LANKS and announcing headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne for September. But little of this is helping her avoid the Melbourne winter.

As the winter months near its end, Essie Holt has put together 20 songs inspired by winter, with the artist introducing the tracks pretty simply, “Here are some of the tunes that have been getting me through this very cold Melbourne winter!”.

Listen to it here or on Spotify:

Essie gave us some reasons for including four of her favourite tracks on this playlist…

Artist: Mallrat
Track: Groceries

I’ve always been a huge Mallrat fan, but ‘Groceries’ might have just won be over even more if that was even possible. I love the counter melody that goes on in the chorus and the concept that even simple mundane things like going grocery shopping are so much more fun when it’s with someone you’re into.

Artist: Future Jr
Track: Changing

I was first introduced to Matt when we both supported GLADES on their recent tour. He played the Bris show and I played the Melb + Syd shows. While we’ve never actually gotten to meet, I absolutely loved this new track from the first listen when I heard it the other day. The production is so fresh and it’s an absolute banger!

Artist: Sigrid
Track: Schedules

I seriously LOVE Sigrid! She’s the cutest and is absolutely killing the pop game at the moment. Every song just seems to top the previous one and it’s the best fun to dance around in the living room to her tunes.

Artist: Odette
Track: Lights Out

It was pretty tricky to choose one tune from Odette’s insane debut album, but ‘Lights Out’ is the one that I keep coming back to. I think Odette is so mega talented and this album is really in a whole class of its own. Super keen to catch her live again next month!

Essie Holt plays headline shows for hew new single “Better For You” next month:

SAT 15 SEP | BRIGHTON UP BAR, SYDNEY NSW
THU 20 SEP | THE WORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC

She’s also got some dates left supporting LANKS around the country.

THU 16 AUG | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW
FRI 17 AUG | THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY NSW  ** SOLD OUT **
SAT 18 AUG | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
SUN 19 AUG | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA ACT
THU 23 AUG | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC
SAT 25 AUG | NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC ** SOLD OUT **
SUN 26 AUG | NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC

To find out more about Essie, head to her Facebook Page.

Larry Heath

Founding Editor of the AU review. You can find him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.