SINGLE REVIEW: Washington – Dirty Churches

Over the past year Washington has been dropping nostalgia filled and synth layered tracks with vulnerable thoughts and slick hooks. The distinct directional shift started in 2017 with a premiere performance at BigSound of her new material followed by some orchestral shows. Since then the Brisbane based singer-songwriter dropped the dreamy single ‘Claws’ and ‘American Spirit’ which introduced this new direction to listeners. Her previous records were cemented in the indie-pop realm with grittier hooks and baselines but now she’s sweetening it up with an 80’s reminiscent synth-pop sound. Her new single ‘Dirty Churches’ continues this smooth delivery with sweet harmonies layered over a dreamy synth production. It’s quite different to anything we’ve really heard her do before. It’s more vulnerable and doesn’t hold that same tongue in cheek brashness that her first two records captured. Reflecting on a relationship built out of compromise she explores the toxicity and confusion surrounding it. “I feel almost holy when you hold me”. But she leaves interpretation up to listeners and encourages them to feel whatever the song makes them feel. It’s a track that has been created for dreamy reflection and quiet thoughts. Whilst ‘Claws’ was made for you to run around and dance to in an unfashionable way. 

Dirty Churches Australian Tour

Friday 21 June – Howler, Melbourne

Thursday 27 June – The Foundry, Brisbane

Friday 28 June – The Lansdowne, Sydney

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