Last month singer-songwriter Austel released her debut five-track EP ‘Unfold’.
Austel, AKA Annie Rew Shaw, was born in Devon and and moved to London at the age of 19. With a background in classical, jazz and indie music, she worked on numerous musical projects but it wasn’t until she started working with producer Adam Stark in 2016, that she finally found the right direction for her music.
Created at Stark’s studio in Peckham, South London, ‘Unfold’ conceives five songs that traverse the pains of leaving safe places and seeking out the unknown. It documents the disintegration of a long-term relationship and subsequent struggles with identity and emotional turmoil. However, at the heart of ‘Unfold,’ there is a positive message: the renewal of the self, finding solace in being alone.
Austel says about the EP: “From the insecurities and self-doubt observed in tracks like “Lost At Home” to the restoration of inner strength and release found in “Crows” and “Hours”, these songs accompanied me through a significant process of cathartic release and regeneration. For me, they represent a new beginning; taking the core of pain and heartache and turning it into something beautiful that brings clarity and hope.”
Austel’s alternative, hypnotic and ethereal music conveys a sense of perdition to new soundscapes led by her emotive voice which creates an immersive experience for the listener.
If you want to travel with Austel you can listen to her album here.