For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Autumnal, folk-inspired acoustic pop, with a poetic, descriptive approach to lyrical storytelling
FOR FANS OF: Laura Marling, Grizzly Bear, Midlake
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: When a friend of Clea Pratt's asked her to send her a copy of a song she'd written, she recorded it in her bedroom one night and e-mailed it over. She also uploaded the song, "Polyester", to Triple J Unearthed, and later watched in amazement as it surpassed one million plays on Spotify. "It was pretty odd and amazing," she smiles. "I had the shittest gear. It just goes to show that hopefully if a song's good enough, that's all that matters."
The Brisbane-based singer-songwriter was bitten by the musical bug while at primary school, and her burgeoning interest in athletics – she competed at state level – was soon bypassed in favour of pursuing music. "I feel like I'm almost lazy, and that's why I started writing my own songs because I couldn't be bothered to learn anyone else's," she offers. "And as soon as I finished high school, I started e-mailing any kind of cafe and bar [about playing there], and started like that." This year Pratt – who also performs in Zefereli – hired a band, with whom she's about to release her debut EP, due early in 2017.
SHE SAYS: "I feel like I am a developing artist. I'm pretty new to the game and this world, so I feel like I'm still finding [my] sound, especially in a band context. I'm so new to that."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The moody, swirling "Dire Consequences", a recent finalist in the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition.