SINGLE REVIEW: Carlie Hanson – Side Effects

Following the release of her debut EP ‘Junk’ earlier this year, Carlie Hanson is ready to dive straight into the next chapter of her growing discography. The Wisconsin newcomer has been impressing audiences all over the world while opening for the likes of Troye Sivan, Yungblud, Gnash and she’s currently down under in Australia with LAUV. Winning a legion of fans over through these very energetic sets as well as with her vulnerably charged tracks on streaming platforms, she’s definitely a newcomer you need to become acquainted with on the ASAP. 

‘Side Effects’ is the first track from the next chapter of releases and it’s one of her strongest tracks yet. The love sick alt-pop moment reflects on being so infatuated by someone that you need to find distractions to stop thinking about them. But nothing ends up working so you end up going stir crazy and living with these drastic side-effects of falling in love. 

“Was the one who wanted no strings, now I’m tying us together. Tell myself I wouldn’t feel things if I labeled us whatever. But the way you put your clothes on while you dancing in the mirror, got me thinking it’s been so long since I felt so fucking unwell” she admits during the first verse. 

Finding her confidence within being vulnerable she then confesses during the hook that she can’t stop thinking about the person and what would happen if it all stopped. “I wasn’t looking for this, now I don’t want this to end. Lying on the kitchen floor feeling all the side effects. I had it all together, now you make me such a wreck” she sings. 

With a strong guitar riff leading the production, she layers over her soothing vocals with atmospheric harmonies and heavy beats that fulfils the moody DIY sound she’s trying to cement within her music. 

It’s a track that has a lot of different layers that immediately intrigues the listener during the first listen. And with it’s strong hook, you will find yourself starting to singalong immediately. 

Carlie Hanson Australian Tour Dates (supporting LAUV)

Saturday November 23 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

Sunday November 24 – The Forum, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*

Tuesday November 26 – The Astor Theatre, Perth *SOLD OUT*