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Live Review: Music To Isolate To: Didirri

2 April 2020 | 5:20 pm | Emma Jones

The latest artist in our Music To Isolate To series is one of the country's best songwriters, Didirri!

With the ongoing and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a crazy world out there right now, so it’s never been more important to band together. Self-isolation and social distancing are two of the most effective tools we have as a society to help fight COVID-19, but they’re also very difficult to undertake and they have very real, long-lasting consequences on the music and arts industries — some of which we aren’t even aware of yet. Our artists and our industry are already feeling the ripple effect, and things are only going to get worse before they get better.

Because of this, it’s up to us to use what we’ve got at our disposal to best represent and amplify our community and continue to tell artists’ stories. Purple Sneakers has always fiercely represented Australian music and our team are some of the best writers in the country, so we’re going to use our platform to continue doing what we do best: connect our community with the artists we love, and support artists by promoting their incredible music.

Music To Isolate To is an ongoing artist-curated playlist series by Purple Sneakers. We’ve asked some of our favourite artists ever to provide us with the ten songs they’re listening to while in isolation, and provide some commentary for their selections. We’ll be running these for the foreseeable future every Monday and Thursday, and you can follow the Spotify playlist which will be updated on these days right HERE. The idea is to not only promote artists who are curating the playlists, but to also promote those songs that mean a lot to them whether they be longtime classics or fresh new releases.

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The next artist in our Music To Isolate To series is DIDIRRI. One of the country's finest songwriters, Didirri released a brand new single last week titled 'Don't Fight With What You're Fighting For', and in true Didirri form, it's a delightful and heartfelt song that shows off his ever-evolving craftsmanship in is music. We described it as "another stellar cut from the troubadour which once again highlights just how impeccable his songwriting really is." The man with the luscious locks, Didirri has made a name for himself thanks to his ability to get right into your very bones with his lyrics and storytelling, and alongside his ability to pair this with expertly arranged pianos and guitars on top, his songs always make for a beautiful experience.

Sticking to a theme of "Morning Reflection", Didirri said of his playlist, "There’s a lot of stress and anxiety in the world right now, it’s important to take some time to sit and reflect. To take a moment for yourself. Make a coffee, sit in the sunshine, let the music wash over you and remember that there’s still so much joy to find in the world, even if it’s a little harder to feel right now."

Alexander Biggs - Laundromat

A song magnifying the mundane tasks that still must be done even if the one you love isn’t with you.

Moreton - See Yourself

Utter heartbreaking duet in its purest form. "Can you still see yourself loving me?" Now that you’ve seen the dark side of me. Heartbreak for the future.

Carla Geneve - 2001

For something with such a punk streak, Carla’s voice is near perfect. Amazing writing that manages to feel lonely and empowered simultaneously.

Didirri – Don’t fight with what you’re fighting for

The song serves as a comment, but also a reminder, that positive change has to first come from yourself. Hold yourself accountable before you do those around you. A reminder to focus on the small things you can do, and how they affect the people around you.

Obscura Hail - Bad Math

Welcome to the beautiful, bizarre and dark world of Obscura Hail. I listen to this when I’m feeling like the world doesn’t make any sense. It reminds me that it doesn’t.

Zoe Fox - Perfume

A dreaming classic of epic proportion. A perfect opener to a groovin space library.

Forever Son - San Jose

Wishing I was doing all of the beautiful things in this song. Being out on a boat in the sun sounds like Bless. You can go there in your mind with forever son.

Merpire - Invitation

A voice like no other, so much anticipation and such a brilliant build in this song.

Ro - To Pretend

Lyrics that can’t be understated. So much fun to be had in deciphering the word play mixed in with sincerity throughout this production led gem of a song.

Clea - Dreaming

Ethereal yet uplifting. Something to help you believe in the world.

Didirri's 'Don't fight with what you're fighting for' is out now. Head to his website for tour info.

Words by Emma Jones

Image by Ivana Martyn