Glitter-soaked, femme-as-fuck, divatastic pop music – the stuff that soundtracked the late 70s and 80s – is something severely lacking in Australia right now.
It only exists in small, semi-ironic bursts, with labels and artists alike too afraid to make loud, pristine, expressionist pop – in fear of offending their safe, guitar-weilding besties.
But across our country is a generation of disco kids, who want to lose themselves, who want to love themselves, and who need an icon.
And thank FUCK they’ve got Asta.
Shine is a phenomenal amount of time in the making – a shift of labels after a major refused to see the value in her point of difference, loads, loads, loads of studio work and self-discovery – have lead to today’s release.
Five songs of glittery, emotive pop perfection for The Pop Kids.
None else than a left-of-centre chick from Tassie could have carried this.
Shine is a triumph.
Tour dates are here, and the photo at the top’s by Billy Zammit.