Earlier this month Melbourne singer songwriter Anna Smyrk revealed her first new music in almost two years with her wonderfully catchy pop-rock number “Human Condition.”
A song catalyzed by Melbourne’s lockdown, ‘Human Condition’ speaks to the feelings of isolation and detachment still lingering. The video exemplifies this with Anna and her friend – fellow artist Stav Shaul – sitting at a table attempting to reconnect whilst neither party is ever quite on the same page. Stav’s literal and metaphorical buffering is heightened by Anna’s fuzzy vocals, punchy drums and big, bold guitars, serving as a harsh reminder that each of us will recover from this at a different pace. Shoelace Creative director Ty Ridgeway explains, “We wanted to explore the relationship between two people existing on different wavelengths of time and emotion and the breakdown of communication that happens because of this.”
“This song was written during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown, so the video is about that weird mix of isolation and claustrophobia. It all takes place in one small room, with two people trying and completely failing to connect with each other- much like a bad Zoom call. Working with Shoelace was great- they came up with this idea of representing the disconnection by showing each character moving at different speeds, which I loved.” – Anna Smyrk
ISOL-AID FESTIVAL and SOUNDS AUSTRALIA are teaming up to present ISOL-AID UNLOCKED, a four-day live music extravaganza featuring 49 Australian artists, as part of Folk Unlocked, the very first digital conference and showcase festival from Folk Alliance International.
Established in 1989, Folk Alliance International (FAI) is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. The event became renowned by fans and musicians alike for its unique set up: taking over a hotel in cities around North America, where each room was turned into a showcase room. Nights are spent traversing the hallways, following your ears to the best sounds, and discovering some incredible talent from around the world along the way.
In place of an in-person conference this year, FAI is hosting Folk Unlocked, a five-day virtual event for the entire international folk community to come together for panels, workshops, showcases, affinity and peer group meetings, exhibit spaces, networking, and mentorship.
An essential part of every FAI conference is the after-hours Private Showcase scene, a festive, community-built offering of hundreds of mini-concerts presented simultaneously. This year, FAI will recreate this (albeit virtually) through the festival’s evening Unlocked Showcases, providing a meeting place for folk musicians, industry and fans to connect, discover new music and build community.
Isol-Aid Unlocked will feature as one of these showcases. 49 Australian artists are set to perform live across the four days of Folk Unlocked, from the 22nd to the 25th of February. Isol-Aid Unlocked will start at 6.30pm CT (23rd – 26th 11:30am AEDT), with no less than 12 Australian artists taking audiences into their homes each day.
No matter where you are, you’ll be able to experience Isol-Aid Unlocked via the artists’ Instagram accounts, the Isol-Aid website, or through registering to be a part of Folk Unlocked.