- Words Cal McIntyre
With the release of her glistening new EP 'Driving Music' out today, we thought it was best to find out what 10Trax inspire the dreamy Mallrat.
She’s no stranger to us here at Notion, but it seems we just can’t get enough of Brisbane babe Mallrat.
With the release of her dreamy new EP ‘Driving Music’ out today, we wanted to peek behind the curtain to find out what tracks hold a special place in Mallrat’s heart.
If you’re unfamiliar with Mallrat, allow us to introduce you. With the boom of ‘bedroom pop’ taking over the interwebs in 2017, Mallrat is the anecdotal version of the Lo-Fi heroes. Mallrat’s ability to spin the mundanity of life into gold is something akin to folklore. Always honest, and sometimes raw – Mallrat’s poetic day-to-day observations are brought to life with haunting melodies that draw you in and slow-burning production that leaves you instantly hooked.
It’s clear that Mallrat is progressing into the artist she is destined to become with ‘Driving Music’ offering a wider insight into her craftmanship. Experimenting with the more melancholic side of pop, Mallrat lays her soul bare with strong vulnerability as she takes us on a journey through her life experiences that are sometimes hard to hear.
With a trajectory set for the stars, Mallrat is clearly on the right path towards that vision of hers. Before you dig into ‘Driving Music’ check out what 10Trax Mallrat can’t get out of her brain right now!
"Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
"Thank you to The OC Soundtrack. This song reminds me of being nine years old and sitting on the carpet with my eyes closed and listening to this over and over again and trying to make sense of the harmonies."
"All Too Well" by Taylor Swift
"I grew up listening to Taylor Swift’s country and country pop music and I think All Too Well is probably her best song."
"212" by Azealia Banks
"This lady rapping in a Mickey Mouse jumper blew my lil mind."
"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon
"I only heard this song for the first time at the end of last year and I couldn’t believe it had been missing from my life for so long. I obsessed over the lyrics for weeks and decided that the bar had been raised. It made me start thinking about songwriting in a new way and I think this excitement helped me to write Charlie."
"JUST LIKE WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE" by SOPHIE
"SOPHIE is one of my favourite artists. I love her imagination and the way she holds back on drums and I love that this song is so artificial but still so emotional."
"Venice Bitch" by Lana Del Rey
"It was really hard to choose just one Lana song to put on this list but Venice Bitch is such a beautiful new one. I love that this song is 10 minutes long and every moment is completely hypnotising. I put this on repeat when I’m trying to sleep in cars or planes on tour."
"Swang" by Rae Sremmurd
"Swae Lee’s melodies!! My favourite songs make me feel sad and happy at the same time. To me Swang is triumphant and lonely all at once (I think Glamorous by Fergie feels the same)."
"Fallingwater" by Maggie Rogers
"Maggie has taken us on tour all around the world and I was so lucky to watch her perform this almost every night. The bridge makes me want to cry."
"Jolene" by Dolly Parton
"When I was a baby mum and dad would play country music to help me get to sleep. We listened to a lot of Dolly and Johnny Cash and I still adore everything about these artists."
"American Boy" by Estelle and Kanye West
"This was my introduction to Kanye West and nothing was ever the same again!! Fun Fact: Will.I.Am produced this"