WATCH: Grace Petrie – ‘The Last Man On Earth’

Having been a big fan of Grace Petrie and her politically-charged, but beautifully catchy, folk-strewn anthems since first hearing 2018’s Queer As Folk, I was excited to hear that she will be releasing her new album, Connectivity, next month (read all about this and more in our in-depth interview with her). Following the release of her euphoric last single ‘Storm To Weather’, she has now shared ‘The Last Man On Earth’ and its accompanying brand new video.

Showcasing Petrie’s exquisite smooth vocals at their most angelic, ‘The Last Man On Earth‘ fuses together a heartwarming ode to friendship with a moving reflection on the confused headspace that can come from mixed messages and unrequited feelings… Flowing with lilting, folk-strewn melodies – complete with jangling banjo refrains and sweeping strings – it’s a perfect example of the Leicester songwriter’s knack for combining beautifully harmonious sounds with a gritty, stirring lyricism, and often a touch of playful wit. Shimmering with Petrie’s crystalline charm, it poignantly juxtaposes the raw emotion of its heartfelt sentiment with a refreshingly joyous musicality and instantly catchy energy. Of the track, she explains:

“… it’s a country-inspired bop that we couldn’t stop singing during the recording sessions. It’s about the age-old experience of being a butch lesbian in a slightly confusing friendship with a straight woman where you both know the lines are a bit blurred but ultimately it will never come to anything. It seemed like country was the best medium for that message, sort of a slightly satirical take on the classic “sad country music” cliche.”

‘The Last Man On Earth’ is accompanied by a fun-filled video of people young and old line-dancing along to Grace and her band; a perfect reflection of the feeling of solidarity and joy of coming together with like-minded folk that runs throughout the upcoming album. So, fling on those daisy dukes, nab the cowboy hat that’s been hanging in the wardrobe since that fancy dress party in Fresher’s week 2005, and immerse yourself in the uptempo twinkling spirit of this spirited new offering.

Connectivity, the upcoming new album from Grace Petrie, is set for release 4th October. Pre-order here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Introducing Interview: Anna Krantz

Having just released the third single from her latest series New Moon, New Tune, Dublin-based artist Anna Krantz has just released a beautiful new single.

Written on Zoom with friend and co-producer Simon Johnson, ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ flows with twinkling country-inspired melodies and Krantz’ smooth rich vocals, creating a heartfelt shimmering alt-pop gem.

We caught up with Anna to find out more…

Hi Anna, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I’m a born and bred Londoner, currently living with my partner in Dublin. I’m really happy to be in Dublin as Irish music was a huge influence for me growing up. So, this is a fun adventure. Although I’ve been quite homesick through lockdown with not being able to travel home as much.

How did you initially decide to start creating music?
It wasn’t really a decision. I sat at a piano when I was eight years old and a song just kind of fell out of me. I’ve been writing ever since. 

Your beautiful new single ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
Suzie is a fictional character who represents those unadvisable decisions we all make from time to time. She does the things she knows are bad for her over and over again because they just feel so good!

You’ve been compared to the likes of Suzanne Vega and Fleetwood Mac, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
My main influences change every time I answer because there are so many! However, they always include Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison.

What music scenes are you into – offline and online?
I used to live in Nashville and it’s like a second home to me now. Many of my friends live there, including my best friend Lucie Silvas. I’m always inspired by what’s coming out of Nashville. 

How are you connecting with your audience and other musicians during the pandemic?
 Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I’d say it’s very difficult until it isn’t, if that makes sense? So many people are releasing music, more than ever before, so the odds of rising to the surface are very low. However, there are also far more ways to be seen these days and sharing music is easier than ever.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other upcoming artists that you’d recommend we check out?
YES! How long have you got?! Fancy Hagood (a good friend of mine) has some incredible new music out. His music and his heart move me to tears of joy every time I listen. Check out Kree Harrison too. She has a voice like butter, covered in maple syrup and sprinkled with fairy dust. Really traditional country sound with modern lyrics and relatable sentiments. 

Finally, what does 2021 have in store for you?
First and foremost, a trip home to see my family! What’s more important than that? I’d like to release a full length album next year too. Meanwhile, I have more singles planned for release in the early part of the year.

Massive thanks to Anna for answering our questions! Listen to ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ below: