hannah’s carved a jewel here – it’s alluring, timeless and gorgeous
– Declan Byrne
In July last year, adored Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron placed a challenge on herself to write a song a day for an entire week. Only a few hours into this writing block, Cameron came up with what was to be her latest single ‘Backsliding’.
Compared to Cameron’s previous work, this newer release provides a fresh upbeat rhythm. The alternative folk artist's velvety vocals are swept up in an empowering song. Cameron takes a creative leap in her lyricism as she expresses satisfaction and acceptance in taking charge of her own life. In her own words, Cameron describes the song as about “finding yourself in the same situation over and over again and realising that it’s a choice you’re making.” The alternative folk artist is on a path that sees her take more accountability for the decisions she is making. Through her music, we are seeing Cameron turn the microscope onto the relationship she has with herself, not with others.
This is reflective in the chorus as Leigh Fisher and Luke Hodgson on the drums and bass triumphantly take it up a notch, building up the energy.
I want to teach a lesson I don’t want to learn I want to start a fire Just to feel the burn
Cameron is coming of age as she prepares to take responsibility for her actions or ‘feel the burn’ of the consequences.
Through her music, we are seeing Cameron turn the microscope onto the relationship she has with herself, not with others.
Released at the start of the month, ‘Backsliding’ currently places at #3 on the Triple J Unearthed roots chart and #35 on their overall charts. In an interview with Around the Sound, Cameron praised the influence producer Matt Redlich had on the single. As a current band member of Holy Holy and previous made records with Emma Louise, Ball Park Music, The Trouble With Templeton and Ainslie Willis, Redlich was able to utilise this wealth of experience to provide direction when tracking ‘Backsliding’.