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Live Review: PREMIERE: Melissa Ramsay lets the light in on 'Free'

24 September 2020 | 9:30 am | Emma Jones

Melbourne alt-pop singer/songwriter Melissa Ramsay delivers another gorgeous, electronic-infused new single with 'Free'.

Following the release of ‘Alone’ with Copenhagen-based artist Naes London amassing 100k Spotify streams, Melbourne’s alt pop singer/songwriter Melissa Ramsay is back with another gloriously ethereal new single titled 'Free'. Produced and mixed by Hayden Francis (Woodes, Wolfjay), 'Free' is a shimmering slice of hope-infused pop, perfect for these strange times we find ourselves in across the world.

All about the anxiety that comes from loneliness and restlessness, and the confusion of figuring out where you fit in the world, 'Free' is the sonic embodiment of pulling back the curtains and finally letting the light in. With a airy, bright soundscape courtesy of Francis, complete with gorgeous, gentle keys and a feather light acoustic guitar over a spacious beat, 'Free' gives a message of hope — something we can all use in this bizarre and challenging year.

Ramsay said of the single, "I wrote this a long time before COVID-19 but decided to release it now because I think a lot of people will be able to relate to the feelings of anxiety. It talks about feeling cooped, which many people have experienced while staying home to keep themselves and others safe. There’s also a sense of hope in the song. I wanted to release something brighter to feel like a warm sunny day for people to listen to and escape to."

Listen to 'Free' below:

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Words by Emma Jones

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