‘Filth’, the new single from Melbourne songwriter Tess Hannah, strikes the balance between dark broodiness and gut-punch ferocity to great effect.
Sparse verses centre Hannah’s vocals and wry lyricism (“I wanna lay in my filth and feel bad about it”), foregrounded by a snaking bass line and understated guitar. Those verses are abruptly punctuated by sharp walls of chaotic noise, all leading up to a big, cathartic crescendo that’s extremely satisfying after the restraint of its extended build-up.
The single, which we’re premiering here at Music Feeds before it officially drops tomorrow, is the first taste of Hannah’s forthcoming EP Kind Regards, My Inner Demons. It arrives alongside a video filmed in Hannah’s own backyard with director Gina Somfleth.
“[The song is] about the throbbing headache and the questionable decisions made the night before, knowing too well these lessons will not be learnt,” Hannah explains. “So I set up a bedroom in the backyard of my family home and rallied some friends around to play the ‘hangover ghosts’ to accentuate the silliness of this song.”
Watch the clip for ‘Filth’ below.