19 year old Brisbane artist
Mallrat debuts video for “Better”
via Paper Magazine
“If you’ve been sleeping on Brisbane’s latest export, Mallrat, now is the time to wake up.” – PAPER
“The 19-year-old songwriter from Brisbane who calls herself Mallrat has a sleepy delivery and a knack for singsong melodies that grow hypnotically familiar.” – The New York Times
watch the video for “Better”
19 year old Australian pop-rap sensation, Mallrat is debuting the video for her new track, “Better,” premiering exclusively via Paper Magazine.
“If you’ve been sleeping on Brisbane’s latest export, Mallrat, now is the time to wake up. The recent high school graduate is both manic-pixie and bonafide badass, taking the Australasian pop scene by storm one cherry-flavoured folky-funk tune at a time,” noted Paper about the artist’s signature sound.
Featuring both its title track and the generational anthem “For Real,” Mallrat’s Uninvited EP introduced her to the world, instantly grabbing fans with her magnetic musings on everyday life in all its glorious mundanity, told through a next-gen pop kaleidoscope, touching the hearts and minds of many across the globe. With multiple tracks shooting straight to the top of the Hype Machine charts, Mallrat quickly got heat from tastemakers like Stereogum and Noisey, and the EP has racked in over 11 million Spotify streams to date.
“Better” is the enthralling next chapter for Mallrat. Once again, we’re offered a sugar-coated, blissfully melancholic commentary on the commonplace life of a 19 year old, fresh out of school. Expertly written by Mallrat herself and co-produced by Konstantin Kersting and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West), “Better” is another undeniable gem from the Brisbane-based artist, reminding us just what an exciting and rare talent she is. The track premiered via Stereogum and was included in the New York Times‘ weekly playlist, saying, “while Mallrat circles through her melodies, the ingenious track finds endless variety in three chords, morphing imperceptibly from simple guitar strumming to three-chord rock to quasi-orchestral splendor; Mallrat isn’t as nonchalant as her voice might seem.”
Having just signed to Nettwerk, Mallrat has also toured with Maggie Rogers, played sold out headlining shows and made festival appearances to massive audiences in Australia. Gorillaz’ Noodle also just included her EP title track “Uninvited” in a playlist of Kick Ass Women.
“I really love horses and this video was the perfect excuse to spend a couple of days hanging out with them,” Mallrat notes, about the inspiration behind the video. “I wrote ‘Better’ over a year ago, but it’s taken most of this time to get it sounding exactly how it does in my head. My dad says it’s his favorite song which makes me very excited to share it with everyone.”
+ Additional Hype for Mallrat +
“On her new song “Better,” Mallrat trades in a bit of the heavy booming bass and her sing-song rapping for a lighter and much more consistent melody.” –Stereogum
“Mallrat is the bubblegum rapper changing the game” – Wonderland
“There’s a new anti-in-crowd anthem on the block” – Noisey
“I’m not clever enough to think up a portmanteau for the peculiar blend of shoegaze/hip-hop/bedroom pop that this is. Chillwave is accurate enough, but this is more like the mix of downcast beats and sculpted melodies that Charli XCX was toying with on her early mixtapes.” – Idolator
“One of the game’s most undeniably exciting new talents” – NME
“Over a piano loop, finger clicks and hip-hop influenced beats, the 17-year-old seamlessly transitions from rapping to singing throughout the song.” – Indie Shuffle
“Mallrat glides through with her signature flow and singable lines” – Hilly Dilly