SINGLE REVIEW: Hartley – Used To

Following her recent signing to Warner Music Australia, Hartley is ready to re-introduce herself in a bold and polished way. The Brisbane based singer-songwriter uploaded a DIY string of tracks onto Triple J Unearthed which gained a lot of traction and interest from industry personnel and listeners alike. It was her dreamy and slick vocals that stood out along with her honest truth intact to her real lyrics. 

For her first official major label release she’s decided to re-imagine one of her original tracks with a polished take. ‘Used To’ has been transformed from it’s DIY roots into this polished and slick pop song that is ultimately fresh. Mixed by Mark Ralph who has worked with AlunaGeorge and Passion Pit, he has transformed this song into something bigger and bolder than it already was. 

Reflecting on her desire towards someone, she says everything she wants to say to them without actually saying it. “I could be the one to hold you. I could be the one for you” she ponders in the bold and light dancehall influenced hook that interpolates those prominent UK-pop elements. “Don’t you see that I’m so far from what you’re used to” she continues to proclaim as she tries to convince her love interest that she could be the one and is worth the risk. Sonically there’s no one really doing what she’s doing in the local market with this dreamy realm other than Mallrat, but Hartley takes a slightly more experimental stab with production. 

It has a vulnerable lyrical core that is layered with slick and fresh production that welcomes Hartley to the Australian music industry in a bold way and will make you very intrigued to hear her forthcoming releases. 

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