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Hope D Shares New Single 'Emerald' And Its Accompanying Music Video

Introducing herself in late 2019 with her debut single Swim, Hope D captivated audiences with her eclectic capability to create purposeful, confessional and captivating music. This release led her to taking home the inaugural Queensland Music Awards Emerging Artist Of The Year, performances at BIGSOUND 2019, Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival and King Street Crawl, as well as sold-out headline shows in her hometown Brisbane.

Fresh from her biggest headline tour to date, as well as a regional run with Groovin The Moo, today, Hope D announces the release of her highly anticipated debut album Clash Of The Substance available October 21 via AWAL. The Brisbane based singer-songwriter also shares the striking new single and video Emerald.

Photo credit: Seamus Platt

With her signature vocal delivery slicked over upbeat guitars and drums, Hope has penned another instant earworm.

“I wrote Emerald when I started dating people during my first year out of school, and noticed that everyone was way cooler than what I thought I was. My interests naturally changed as I was freshly 18 and new to the Brisbane nightlife and music scene, but I also forcefully changed to try and impress my love interest at the time. Trying to impress someone is a funny situation in general, turning into a different person made me realise there is no point if we are all trying to be each other. Plus, you end up losing yourself and are left with no genuine personality.” She explains.

The accompanying music video directed by Maeve McKenna brings a bright and colourful exploration of the song to life in the setting of an arcade.

“The music video came about when Maeve saw me play at The Brightside earlier this year for a flood relief gig and reached out. I got my really good friends Mads and Henry (from The Dandy's), Aisling (from Dizzy Days) and Jade (Marketing manager for the Triffid, and Fortitude Music Hall) to play my friends, which made it so natural and fun. Amelia Douglass was flown from Sydney to play my love interest. It was awkward and scary at first, but by the end of it we realised that we got along so well and we'll be working together again. I am so grateful for the way this all happened and all the beautiful extras that came and acted, as well as the beautiful boy at the beginning (it was hard to act mean to him).”

Hope D won’t be held responsible for decisions made under the influence of hormones, heartbreak, alcohol and the other intoxicants which go to war in the arena of her debut LP, Clash Of The Substance. Armed with a painful honesty, her guitar and a dangerously low balance on her debit card, the queer coming-of-age soundtrack cements her as one of Australia’s most refreshing new voices. The album’s track listing and pre-order details will be announced soon.

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