WILDS is lofi electronic, mood building music from Australia’s HANDSOME
HANDSOME is a new artist, crafting a mix of Tomboy pop and brooding electronica, based in Sydney, Australia. The bold and new sounds announce a celebration of self-expression and carefree creativity, but is still accompanied by obsessive perfection.
The name HANDSOME is a nod to her queer identity and is inspired by strong friendships, falling in love, kissing girls and rolling your eyes at people who have opinions on who you should be.
Crafting her music mostly in home studios, HANDSOME has a knack for the DIY. Working with artists and writers with strong pop sensibilities and then taking the songs into their final chapters, she plays with unique aural aesthetics to achieve something distinctive and brand new.
Collaborations with artists such as Joyride, Johnny Took (DMA’s), Benjamin Fletcher and David Hunt (Marina & The Diamonds, Sarah Blasko), Jayteehazard and more, has given the project its first start – with many more collaborations to come.
HANDSOME has seen previous success under the moniker Caitlin Park, garnering critical acclaim, winning the SOYA award in 2013, landing a nomination for the Australian Music Prize in 2014 and playing shows with the likes of First Aid Kit, SOAK, James Vincent McMorrow, Courtney Barnett, The Japanese House and more.
Signing with Dot Dash / Remote Control in mid 2017, HANDSOME joins a unique family of artists such as Methyl Ethel, Banoffee, Client Liaison, Gabriella Cohen and Sui Zhen.
HANDSOME introduced herself in late 2017 with her debut single ‘Late Night Ball Game feat. Joyride’, an indie queer anthem that struck a chord with many. Landing at a heavy moment for the queer community in Australia (around the 2017 Gay Marriage Plebiscite), the song extended a feeling of hope when people needed it most. The song soared past 100,000 plays in its first fortnight on Spotify, which indicated the songs impact worldwide.
HANDSOME followed up in early 2018 with her second single ‘Save Some Love’. Described by LNWY as “Stunningly vulnerable” and Pilerats as “Elegant, uplifting and jaw dropping”, the song was premiered on triple j, and found itself championed by community radio across Australia, officially added to double j, and spun on KEXP (Seattle). HANDSOME later joined forces with Kitsuné (France/Japan) to re-release ‘Save Some Love’ to a new audiences and territories.
HANDSOME has just dropped her debut EP NO HAT NO PLAY (released September 21st), arriving with a fanfare on playlist additions, including Spotify’s New Music Friday (US) and Indie Pop (US) and landing on the front page of Apple Music/iTunes.