Ctrl+ALT+Del 'Pick of the Week': Mallrat - "Charlie"

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February 3, 2020
POTW Mallrat Charlie

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This week’s Ctrl+ALT+Del Pick of the Week is Mallrat's "Charlie." 

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About Mallrat:

Having grown up in the sleepy town of Brisbane, Australia, Mallrat finds beauty in the mundane. With refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life layered over subtly beguiling melodies, there's a slow-burning restlessness in her sound that is impossible to ignore. Much of her huge appeal can be attributed to the seemingly effortless and irresistible approach Mallrat has to her craft. Whether it’s her music, her effervescent stage shows, her bold and striking fashion choices, or her witty and funny online presence (with strong cameos from her dog/co-star on the rise Charlie), it’s all combined to amass a huge audience from Melbourne to London to New York.  With refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her relatable and confessional lyrics, her penchant for cooking up simple yet sticky melodies, there’s not much that separates Mallrat from her fans, as she makes it all seem so easy. Even her origin story is the stuff dreams are made of.

“It all changed at an Allday concert,” says Mallrat, remembering the Brisbane concert she attended as a tween. “He was someone I felt like I could relate to.” 

That performance saw Mallrat heading home feeling inspired; and soon after she recorded her very first attempts at making her own music. It wasn’t long before she was finding collaborators to help build the foundations of her 2016 debut EP, Uninvited. The EP would go on to fetch millions of streams and launch her career. Its stand out tracks – Zane Lowe favorite “Uninvited” and the dreamy jam “For Real” – that saw her stocks take off.  Praise came from radio (triple J, BBC and Beats 1), major music outlets (Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Idolator, NME, Vice), celeb gossipers (Perez Hilton), celebs themselves (Lorde, Chloe Grace Moretz, Brooklyn Beckham), all the way to global tech giant Google, who used “For Real” in an ad campaign.

Since then, Mallrat has played festivals worldwide – Splendour In The Grass, Austin City Limits, Longitude, Osheaga, Falls, Listen Out, Beyond The Valley – and supported some of the biggest names in music, including Post Malone and Maggie Rogers. And that’s not even counting the regularly sold-out love affairs that are her headlining shows. She even recently embarked on a North American headline tour that included friend and mentor Allday on the bill.

“I feel like the kindest, most positive people come to my shows,” says Mallrat. “Everyone’s just dancing, no-one’s too cool for anything, everyone feels welcome. I’m up there dancing, I’ve got my friend from school [the Daria-esque DJ Denim] and I think it’s so good because you’ll meet a new friend there.”

From there, Mallrat announced the next phase of her career with her second EP In The Sky.  Lead single “Better” gained instantaneous and widespread praise, garnering write-ups from The New York Times, international radio play, and millions of more streams.  The anthemic follow up “UFO,” features her former hero/turned friend and collaborator, Allday. Hit “Groceries” opened the album with glistening, acoustic guitar and handclap-driven beats. The track has received significant Alternative Radio airplay at SiriusXM Alt Nation, Radio 104.5/Philly, KITS/San Francisco, KRBZ/Kansas City, KQGO Minneapolis, KKDO Sacramento & more, in addition to Discovery Features with WNYL/New York, KNDD Seattle, KFRR/Fresno, WLKK/Buffalo, 91x/San Diego and named a “Critical Cut” and Top 5 Advanced Placement on SiriusXM Alt Nation.

Next up, Mallrat released lead single, “Charlie”, off of Driving Music, her third EP just released in September 2019. Taking it’s name from her golden labrador, Charlie, Mallrat's wistful vocals are delicately stacked against shimmering textures of pop. Shot on 8mm film, the nostalgic video is a perfect accompaniment to the track and features a cameo by Charlie himself.

Co-produced by Shaw, EP Driving Music is a departure from the sun-dappled pop heard on her 2018 EP In The Sky. The new project sees Grace experiment with a more melancholic side of pop, while lyrically opening up about her family and experiences in her life.  From the slow moving ballad "Stay," and glitchy pop veneer of "When I Get My Braces Off" and its scarily relatable lyrics, Shaw seeks to make sense of all the wonderfully confusing feelings that come with growing up.

The 20-year old Australian artist has a penchant for writing sticky melodies that you just can't shake. With songs that nestle comfortably between pop and indie hip hop, she has garnered attention from the likes of NY Times, Stereogum and more, including NPR - who said that the only downside to listening to her track, "Better" is that "your heart may actually explode with happiness." PAPER Magazine recently named her in their "100 Women Revolutionizing Pop". After making it onto Best of 2018 lists by The FADER, Billboard, NOISEY, and triple J, Teen Vogue deemed her one of "16 Young Musicians You Need to Be Listening to In 2019." 

And as for Mallrat – well, she just wants to make music that you can relate to. “I hope that it makes someone feel more relaxed after a weird day and they can just feel calm. I think it’s amazing when music can make you feel something and I’ve tried to do that.”