It’s easy to feel misunderstood. To feel that you don’t belong in a world that constantly makes you feel like you’re not good enough. Social media is a strong reasoning behind a lot of self doubt that is created in 2019, but there is still a sense of misogyny impacting a lot of professional industries and causing an intimidating fear. This uncomfortable feeling is especially common for females in the music industry as it is a mostly male dominated industry.
Discovering this hands on, Brisbane indie-pop newcomer Hartley faced some of her own self-belief issues as she started to navigate the ups and downs of the industry. Feeling powerless and misjudged as a female songwriter and producer, she was struggling with this overwhelming cloud of feelings before she realised she needed to take control of the situation and not let them effect her shine. And from there her new single ‘Own’ was born.
Soaked in dark beats layered with a moody atmosphere and dreamy vocal production, she delivers a very unique and bold alt-pop moment. Making sure she takes an assertive and confident approach, she tells listeners and nay-sayers that she’s sticking up for herself and not allowing her mental health and wellbeing to be impacted or mis-construed. “I’ve got my own back now. I do it better any way” she confidently sings during the chorus before confessing “my love is for myself today”.
With a dark sonic reminiscent of Banks with a slight pop polish of Halsey, she successfully dives deeper into this growing aesthetic she’s paved through her debut string of singles.
Continually growing her sound, Hartley is becoming a newcomer that you need to get acquainted with because she has big things planned.