I am completely obsessed with Aussie Betty Who’s independently released debut EP. It’s sublimely catchy with flawlessly structured hooks, drawing on nuwave and 80’s sythpop ala Whitney Houston, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. Born Jessica Anne Newman and raised in Sydney, she came to the US in her teens to study music at Interlochan Center for the Arts, one of the country’s most prestigious arts academies located in Michigan. She later went on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she met her producer Peter Thomas, a fellow student.
She released her first single “Somebody Loves You” on youtube last fall with a Flashdance inspired video and has progressively accumulated buzz in the blogosphere ever since. I stumbled upon “High Society” a few weeks ago and have been addicted ever since. Moreover, just today I came across this awesome remix by Seattle based production duo The Soundmen, whose heavy basslines and hip hop beats perfectly complement the original. Although she and Thomas have been approached by major labels, they’ve decided to try and stay unsigned as long as possible to allow them more creative freedom. Needless to say, whatever they do in the future will continue to rock, with or without a label, though I have a feeling she is bound to be an epic success eventually.
Her EP The Movement is currently available here for free download.