Artists to Watch in 2017: Huntly
HUNTLY are a band that are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. The Melbourne trio create dance music you can cry to, and by doing so, they have carved out a space that is entirely theirs in an otherwise saturated electronic music soundscape.
With the release of their Feel Better or Stop Trying EP earlier this year, they landed onto the national stage, and almost immediately saw the fruits of their labour with hundreds of thousands of Spotify streams, a BIGSOUND showcase, multiple appearances at Melbourne Music Week, sold out shows and a set at Paradise Music Festival. Following this, they released their latest single, ‘Please’, via Japanese Wallpaper’s Neat Lawn label, which should hold them in good stead for the coming months.
Huntly combine forward-thinking electronica with deep, emotional and provocative lyrics. They play off each other with multiple synths and intricate percussion, as well as incredible harmonies courtesy of Elspeth Scrine and Charles Teitelbaum. The two’s voices seem practically made for each other, and the combination of the two is enough to pluck at even the toughest of heart strings.
They’ve worked really, really hard, and it shows in everything they do, from their self-funded EP release to their unstoppable live show. I think this is what I love about them most: they continue to plug away, hustling and grinding but always remaining true to themselves and the band’s ethos. They’ve never delved into cheap, flash-in-the-pan tunes that they could very easily produce, and instead opt to do their own thing each and every time. You can really hear how rewarding it is on their songs, or see it in their live show. They’re powerful because of this, and it’s what makes them ones to keep close eyes on.
I honestly can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for this band, as they quickly become favourites in many across the country and no doubt the rest of the world. Their tireless work deserves to be heard, and it’s exciting to see it getting out there. They’ve long been favourites of mine since I first heard ‘Sunday Sheets’, and I can’t wait to hear more!
Words by Emma Jones