Exclusive Video Premiere: KHAOS EMRLD “not the same” (2023)


Eora/Sydney-based artist KHAOS EMRLD is following up his exceptional debut single, “getting better”, with another gem this week, the hypnotic and addictive banger, “not the same”. We’re stoked to be premiering “not the same” ahead of its release this Thursday.

KHAOS EMRLD is the solo project for Eora/Sydney-based artist Cody Stebbings. Cody is known as a singer, guitarist and primary songwriter for Down For Tomorrow, and has also worked with the likes of Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly and PENI PARKER.

Channelling a wide range of influences, this is a beautifully constructed pop song with all the feels. The intimacy of the lyrics draws you in, yet the puslating hooks are captivating and uplifting. If you’re feeling angst, this is the tune for you. If you want to get up and dance, then this is also the tune for you. “not the same” was produced by Lachlan Cronin and mixed by Sammy Sudhakar.

KHAOS EMRLD gives us some insight into the background to the track:  “’not the same’ is a middle finger to burnout and feeling like you should be appeasing to other people’s idea of who you are. I’ve had far too many experiences in life where I’ve exhausted myself of options and outlets due to never giving myself enough credit, or rest, or self-love. With that comes the dangerous outcome of making things harder for yourself because you never took time to slow down, you stop enjoying life, and suddenly it gets harder to break the cycle. There are so many messages I hope to convey with future KHAOS songs – this one is a reminder to do what’s right for you.”

The video was filmed and edited by Max Pasalic (BESTIES). Sweetly paired with the aesthetics of the song, there is an intimacy and honesty beautifully captured.

You can catch KHAOS EMRALD live in Sydney in the next couple of weeks. He will be performing at at BONEZ Alternative Queer Party at Crowbar Sydney on the 8th September, then backing up the next night at the Oxford Art Gallery suporting Heterochromia. Details are below.

You can pre-save “not the same” HERE. In the meantime, enjoy our exclusive premiere ahead of its release on Thursday, 31st August.


KHAOS EMRLD Upcoming Shows

Friday 8 Sep | Crowbar, Eora/Sydney NSW- Tickets HERE
Saturday Sep 9 | Oxford Art Gallery Bar, Eora/Sydney NSW- Tickets HERE

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Bruce Baker

Probably riding my bike, taking photos and/or at a gig. Insta: @bruce_a_baker