Here’s 5 tracks as chosen by alternative country singer-songwriter Verseary. Her latest single “Losing Game” will be launched at The Workers Club in Melbourne on 25th July, with support from Gordon Holland and Stella Delmenico.
This song would always come on as I was traveling to Melbourne from my parents’ place in regional Victoria between the lockdowns to visit the city again. 16 Lovers Lane is what you think of when you hear The Go-Betweens, but Ocean’s Apart I would say really stuck with its themes and narrative throughout Covid and inspired the name of the forthcoming EP, On the Country to the City.
The Whitlams – Melbourne
The Whitlams’ Love This City was the first of their albums I had heard. Eternal Nightcap is one I played the most last year whilst we were able to excise for our 30 minute breaks outside. I always laughed when this song came on my playlist. The story Tim builds about the female character is very clever and the story goes on she turns out to be a very Melbourne – Melbournian. (Also keeping with the theme of country and the city)
Augie March – The Cold Acre
Having some time on my hands during lockdown whilst staying at my parents’ home in regional Victoria, I was able to go through old storage boxes and look through my old albums. Another album that was on high rotation last year was Augie March’s Moo You Bloody Choir. “Victoria’s Secrets” is one of my favourite songs and the film clip for “The Cold Acre” is very clever.
Sarah Blasko – Always On This Line
“Always On This Line” reminds me of the 86 tram and the northern suburbs I lived in when I first moved to Melbourne whilst I was studying. It felt like we were all on the line all the time in 2020. Just waiting for Covid to be over to get back out into the world again. This is another clever clip as well.
Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
The city looks pretty, always.