SAFIA drop their new single “Runaway” today, the newest taste from their highly awaited album Story’s Start or End. The Canberry natives’ contagious energy and distinct sound is bound to disrupt and garner fans worldwide.
“Runaway” builds on their signature sound with a thumping drum beat, textured layers, and glassy vocals carefully crafted the way SAFIA do best. The self-produced track is a breezy and hypnotic reminder to celebrate the world (and universe) around us and compels us to live in the moment.
Frontman Ben Woolner explains their process, “When we’re building a track, we’re trying to create a whole unique world. Once we have the spark of an idea, we’ll lay out a very clear visual sense of what that world looks like, and then we’ll make sure that every single element of the arrangement and the production fits naturally into it.”
With just two weeks to go until the release of Story’s Start or End (out August 9), SAFIA prove why they’re one to keep an eye on with “Runaway” and their recent spine-tingling triple j Like A Version.
SAFIA have spent the past 2.5 years creating the album in their hometown Canberra. The album includes previous singles “Resolution,” “Think We’re Not Alone,” “Starlight,” and “Cellophane Rainbow.” Story’s Start or End will showcase the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail, with intricate production and adventurous arrangements underpinning thoughtful musings on identity, growth, and understanding.
SAFIA – which consists of lead singer Ben Woolner, drummer Michael Bell, and guitarist/keyboardist Harry Sayers – first began transporting listeners to new worlds in 2013 with their breakout single, “Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues.” The track racked up 15 million streams on Spotify, cracked the Top 10 on the Australian Independent Singles chart, and helped garner invitations to support superstars like Lorde and Disclosure to name a few. Their 2016 debut album, Internal, landed the #2 spot on Australia’s Albums chart and earned the trio international headline tours and an ARIA Awards nomination.
The band continues their collaboration with ground-breaking designer SUTU, with the “Runaway” and Story’s Start or End album artwork coming to life with AR technology when viewed through the Eyejack app.
SAFIA will be heading out on their AUS/NZ album tour next month. Check out tour dates HERE. In the past year SAFIA have made a celebrated return to Splendour in the Grass, and graced festival stages including Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields, This That, The Grass is Greener, The Drop and a headline slot at Corona Sunsets. They also completed a sold-out run of limited capacity shows down the East Coast of Australia and played to adoring crowds in China twice.