“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is Olivia Gavranich an Australian singer-songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist who goes by the name of St. South and has already penned a self-released debut EP called “Nervous Energy” in 2016 and “Inure” in 2017, with songs ending up on TV shows like “The Vampire Diaries”. But unlike a vampire, you really should let St. South into the door and into your life. Her new track “If It’s Not You” (on Nettwerk Records), featuring the vocals of her mate / collaborator Nick from N.Y.C.K. (an acronym I should really start using) is a slice of life affirming electronic soul, which despite being a break-up song features a level of uplift I need right now on a Good Friday morning in lockdown.
Not only that but Olivia has chosen a cracking track from the evergreen Sub Pop label (long time VS favs from the xerox zine days) and has gone into some edifying detail that proves an absolute passion for her art. It’s an absolute pleasure to give a warm welcome to these digital pages, a singular talent from the far south – St. South!
According to the official line from St. South “If It’s Not You” is “about being heartbroken, but also recognizing my worth and realizing that I deserve more (eg. ‘I’m not that hard to love’). It’s an honest plea for explanation and closure, while Nick’s verse lends comfort to me from a friend’s point of view.”
Olivia wrote the song a couple of days after a sudden break up with her girlfriend and best mate Nick/N.Y.C.K hopped onto the redeye from Melbourne to Perth to not only lend a shoulder but lend his honeyed vocals to a cathartic tune over a weekend of true friendship.
Check out the results, it starts off redolent of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” which is never a bad thing…
But enough of my pontification, it’s time for a choice of tune with similar portent and emotional heft, described beautifully. Without further ado, it’s over to St. South with a “song for ewe”…
“Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
“First time you let me stay the night
Despite your own rules
You took off early to go cheat your way through film school
You left a note in your perfect script
Stay as long as you want
And I haven’t left your bed since”
I’ve loved Father John Misty’s music for years, but like a lot of artists I love, there are still so many songs of his I haven’t heard. ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)’ was no exception. In early Feb my best friend Hannah dropped me the Spotify link with a message that read, “this song is so beautiful, I want to cry my fkn eyes out”. I put my headphones on and must have listened at least 5 or 6 times, tears welling through each play. I sent her back a message with the lyrics, “I’ve never done this, baby be gentle, it’s my first time”. It hit me so hard, and not even just lyrically. It’s the way he sings it. It’s desperately uplifting, hopeful and romantic. But it’s also about something that realistically can be quite naive and messy. It’s the experience of being inexperienced. With each line he’s saying things that we usually think and feel during precious firsts, but never vocalise. I think I was overwhelmed upon my first few listens because it felt like I was reading a teenager’s beautifully intimate journal entry.
“I wanna take you in the kitchen
Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in
So bourgeoisie to keep waiting
Dating for twenty years just feels pretty civilian”
I adore the way this song captures youthful humour, while perfectly recalling the nostalgic nerves of losing your virginity while being young in love. Also, the trumpet solo really speaks for itself. It’s a 10/10 from me.”
THANKS TO OLIVIA AND TO KEN LI AT NETTWERK RECORDS.
You can get hold of St. South’s music or keep in touch with her progress here: