When you think of music hubs in the U.S. and beyond, the same names generally come to mind―New York, L.A., London, Austin, Seattle, and so forth. But maybe it’s time to start adding Australia to the list. The continent is quickly becoming a hot spot for burgeoning artists who show the ability to make the jump to the international stage. One in particular is Gossling, a female folk singer with a jubilant exterior, yet when her shell is cracked (mind the pun), a subtle darkness lurks beneath. We talked with her to discuss her unique sound, international success, and the budding Australian scene.
Top Emerging Artist: Gossling
Gossling, a project by Helen Croome, originates from Melbourne, Australia. The pleasant simplicity of her music pairs with her high-pitched voice to suggest indications of light pop music, but upon further review, the saccharine gleam gives way to gloomy lyrics of heartbreak and angst. The experience is not unlike the sounds of Kate Nash or Joanna Newsom, and Gossling’s nasally delivery adds an innocent contrast to it all.
With the release of her first LP, Harvest of Gold, Croome expressed relief that she was finally able to complete it: “It took me a while to make my first LP after the release of 3 EP’s back home in Australia, and it’s a record that I’m extremely proud of.” Now, Gossling hopes to debut the record in the U.S. and internationally in 2014. “I’d love for it to gain exposure and an audience overseas and potentially get the opportunity to tour it internationally,” Croome continued.
“I couldn’t really say my voice has been influenced by anyone, it’s just simply my voice. I’ve always had somewhat of a high speaking voice and am quite often mistaken to be a lot younger than I am.” – Helen Croome, Gossling
It appears that, regardless of the increasing musical diversity in the world, the U.S. scene still serves as a benchmark for international success. Luckily, many artists have paved the way for the jet-stream between American and Australia; recently, acts like Cut Copy, Tame Impala, Architecture in Helsinki, and Jagwar Ma have busted out from down under. We asked Gossling how exactly so many artists are rising out of the Australian scene.
“The Australian music scene is quite eclectic… I’m very happy that there has been quite a focus on Australian bands abroad lately. The music coming out of Australia at the moment is really diverse. For such a small population, it’s quite incredible how much variety we are able to produce musically. I think we punch above our weight a bit in that sense. I am very much looking forward to returning to the US in March for SXSW and maybe a couple of extra shows too.”
Considering the response from her last gigs in New York City, it’s worth noting that Helen Croome just might be the next Aussie act to add to your library. Strangely, though, the barometer for success from a U.S. crowd is… how quiet they are?
“I only just recently played my first shows outside of Australia. My band and I played shows in NYC as a part of CMJ and played a show in LA afterwards too. We found the crowds responded well to our set and were very respectful and listened quietly as opposed to some of the chattier crowds we have come across. I realized that performing to a quiet crowd is the biggest adrenaline rush I could come across, as strange as that may sound.”
Gossling certainly voiced high hopes for the new year, as she looks to gradually conquer the international stage. Chances are, she won’t be alone. As we parted ways, the singer gave us the scoop on the next acts to keep an ear out for: Andy Bull, Hermitude, The Trouble with Templeton, and Ball Park Music. “I would love to see an international audience fall in love with them as much as I have,” she noted. With the sudden appeal of the Australian sound, there’s little reason to think otherwise.