Track of the Day: Alice Skye “Stay In Bed” (2020)

Alice Skye

Singer-songwriter and Wergaia / Wemba Wemba woman, Alice Skye hasreturned with the raw and intimate new single, “Stay In Bed”. Accompanying the single is a wonderful video clip that celebrates Blak excellence and features a host of First Nations talent — including the wonderfully inimitable Uncle Jack Charles. 

On “Stay In Bed”, Skye has once again enlisted the production skills of Jen Cloher; continuing their partnership from the single “Grand Ideas” – released earlier this year. The single was inspired by a phone conversation with a friend, with both becoming a trusted shoulder and comedic relief for each other during a period of difficulty with depression. Here’s what Skye had to say about the track:

“It is another song about depression and all the things you’re told or tell yourself. But ultimately it’s a love song to my friends and friends going through it together. I wrote it after talking on the phone to a friend. We’d been trying to catch up for months but the times that we both felt able to leave the house just weren’t aligning. We laughed on the phone about how ridiculous we felt for being so sad and it felt nice to make light of how heavy we felt for a bit.”

It’s a beautiful track; intimate and personal, and ultimately relatable. Skye’s ethereal vocals, in particular, really help convey the intimacy of the subject matter. From a slow and tentative start, the single ebbs and flows beautifully, with the single’s crescendos mirrored wonderfully by the actions of the participants in the music video. Ultimately, there’s a gentleness to “Stay In Bed” that is endearing. It’s one of those tracks that’s quietly empowering. 

“Stay In Bed” is out now via Bad Apples. You can keep up to date with Alice Skye via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Header Photo: Laura Du Vè.

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Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.