AIRLING has been kicking around for about a year now, having won a spot at last year’s Splendour in The Grass and consequently killing it ever since. She has made a name for herself by continuing to push and grow, which is something she strongly demonstrates on her latest song, ‘Stallin”.
Smooth, sensual and sophisticated, ‘Stallin” is definitely a change of pace and style for Airling (real name Hannah Shepherd). The slow R&B jam draws on more hip hop oriented influences than her previous dreamy pop sounds, but is a welcome change for the Brisbane artist.
Her gorgeous, lush voice is perfectly suited to the chilled R&B vibes, albeit a little surprising given her back catalogue. But her gutsy move has absolutely paid off, showing diversity and versatility from the young artist that probably hasn’t been seen before. Singing of a failing relationship, her lyrics are intimate but sung with such a confidence that it’s kind of empowering.
Airling has already had a pretty big year so far since working with Tom Iansek of Big Scary fame for her EP Love Gracefully, supporting Vance Joy on his national tour. Now she is set to tour with Japanese Wallpaper as a guest vocalist on his national tour (kicking off this month). Here’s hoping this change in sound is the start of some more music to come from her.
AIRLING STALLIN’ TOUR
Tickets on sale now via airling.net
Fri 9 Oct – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Fri 16 Oct – The Foundry, Brisbane
Sat 17 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Sun 18 Oct – Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth
Words by Emma Jones.