11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tia Gostelow’s upbringing in rural Australia grounded her in country and folk music. At the age of eight she saw Taylor Swift perform, prompting her to ask her parents for a guitar; by 13, she was performing at country-music festivals around Queensland. Her vocals may have the folk lilt that she grew up hearing, but musically, her debut album, written between the ages of 16 and 18, errs more towards indie-guitar-based dream pop. Surviving the barbs of high-school life, tall poppy syndrome (she won triple j’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative in 2016), and the struggle for recognition past her native Mackay are all reflected in both the album title and songs such as “Hunger.” But it’s clear that with songwriting chops as honed as hers, these problems are a thing of the past.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tia Gostelow’s upbringing in rural Australia grounded her in country and folk music. At the age of eight she saw Taylor Swift perform, prompting her to ask her parents for a guitar; by 13, she was performing at country-music festivals around Queensland. Her vocals may have the folk lilt that she grew up hearing, but musically, her debut album, written between the ages of 16 and 18, errs more towards indie-guitar-based dream pop. Surviving the barbs of high-school life, tall poppy syndrome (she won triple j’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative in 2016), and the struggle for recognition past her native Mackay are all reflected in both the album title and songs such as “Hunger.” But it’s clear that with songwriting chops as honed as hers, these problems are a thing of the past.

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