Lemon Myrtle shows styles
Manjimup’s Lemon Myrtle, otherwise known as Hannah Styles, has released her first EP, the Dentist.
The release has already achieved airplay, with the titular song being played on Triple J, and Styles being invited to record an introduction to the track for use by the station.
Styles said the Dentist EP was a collection of songs she was encouraged to record by friends and family.
While there is no particular theme for the album, Styles did say that the music was relevant to the events that the world is currently experiencing.
“It’s not what I intended it for, but quite a few people have told me they are finding solace in it and it’s bringing them peace,” she said.
Some of the songs on the album are based on her personal experiences, such as the title track which was based on a real life experience with a customer at her workplace.
The subject of the song got to hear the track when it was featured on Triple J.
Christine, the second track on the EP is based on a real person that Styles met at a Bunbury sustainability collective, whose good work she wanted to acknowledge in song.
“She was really cool, and she didn’t feel very secure about what she did,” Styles said.
“I don’t think she felt like she was contributing very much, but proceeded to tell me about all the really cool things that she does and I was like ‘heck yeah, I’m going to write a song for you’.
“I’d really love to show her it somehow.”
Styles said the third track on the album, Fear is a Dog, is about dealing with fear in a different way.
“It’s about a new way of looking at fear, in a way that is more friendly and less scary, because who doesn’t love dogs,” she said.
“If you imagine it as something you can kind of play with, then it’s a bit more approachable and understandable.”
A Zombie Song (For Ky) was a song written when she was 14 and her mum set her a challenge.
Recorded at a Real 2 Real in Bunbury, the EP was engineered by James Newhouse, who engineered the Waifs’ album Ironbark.
The album artwork was created by Charlie McGee from the band Formidable Vegetable.
“This is all thanks to him, he went ahead and has done everything ... he’s said that people need to hear this,” Styles said. Styles plans to release new material soon, including a single.
The EP is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes and Soundcloud.
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