Track of the Day: Elsie Lange “Adelaide” (2020)

Elsie Lange

Melbourne singer-songwriter Elsie Lange has released her new single, “Adelaide”. The track is the first single from her debut solo EP Talk To Me, which is set for release in August. Recorded with artist/producer Calum Newton, “Adelaide” grapples with the notion of being confused and far from home. 

Although she is firmly in solo singer-songwriter mode here, some of you may be familiar with Lange from her work with garage-pop band pting, or from performing live with Elizabeth. Drawing from a range of influences, including The Kinks’ track “Strangers”, Lange brings her own experiences and touch to bear on the project. 

Originally from Alice Springs, the single attempts to come to terms with the distance between city and desert, and explores being far from home and family. As Lange explains:

“For most of my adult life my family have headed over to Adelaide for Christmas, some from Alice Springs, others from Melbourne, to meet in the middle. I wrote Adelaide in my Aunty Jude’s spare room, reminiscing and embellishing a beautiful and strange Christmas friendship.”

“Adelaide” is an upbeat and tender folk song, full of light-hearted charm and nostalgic warmth. Lange describes it as “a homage to all the goofy and gorgeous love songs that have come before”. That couldn’t be more apt. It’s a delightful way to spend a few minutes. Give it a spin. 

“Adelaide” is out now. Keep up to date with Elsie Lange via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Header Photo: Mickey Mason.

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.