Evangeline launches debut EP through Universal Music with Melb & Syd shows
Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Evangeline is once again casting her dark glamour over popdom with her forthcoming debut EP, Atelophobia, for which she will return to the stage for her launch shows in Melbourne (The Penny Black, Saturday, June 17) and Sydney (The World Bar, Friday, July 21).
The five-track EP will be released worldwide on June 16, which follows her recent third single, a yearning ballad titled ‘Write About’, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Australia and New Zealand Spotify Viral Charts. True to her catch cry, “I write sad songs about sad boys,” the song reflects on the end of a significant relationship.
Atelophobia contains three new songs, as well as the track that reached Top 5 on the Spotify Global Viral Charts over 4 million streams, “My Kingdom (William Black Remix)”, which resulted in Evangeline being snapped up by Polydor France (Universal Music in Australasia), with whom she now has an exclusive worldwide licensing deal for her own label, Sad Boy Records.
Some ask how she came up with the EP name: A 15-year-old Evangeline had "scribbled" what she planned to title a debut EP in her diary – "Atelophobia" being the fear of imperfection or not being good enough. Years on, the singer approached Atelophobia as a song cycle about, not only those lingering feelings of inadequacy, but also a composite maladaptive relationship.
The first of the EP's five tracks is the slow-burning banger 'Take Me Home' – another William Black collab. On this and the ensuing 'My Kingdom', Evangeline sings about the heady early days of a romance – "going down a rabbit hole with someone." In the cut-up future disco anthem 'MONSTER', Evangeline reveals her self-doubt – that nagging inner-voice. Travelling to the UK, the divette teamed with producer Knightstarr to record one of her most upbeat, yet darkest, forays. "You just think, 'What a paradox!'", Evangeline laughs.
Evangeline worked with Frenchman Dany Synthé on the glitch 'Hurting Me', in which she despairs the lack of reciprocation in a relationship. Atelophobia closes with the Sturm und Drang synth-pop 'Write About' – another Knightstarr affair – which Evangeline sums up as a "plea". She resolves that, with her adored absorbed in his own internal struggles, she's gotta move on – and help herself.
Ultimately, Atelophobia promotes healing. Evangeline universalises painful encounters via her uplifting power-pop. And the rising star, is looking forward to performing equally cathartic live shows.
“Write About” is available now on all streaming and download digital platforms. The single marked her first Australian release with Universal Music Australia.
Special guests at The Penny Black will be Evangeline’s regular collaborators and masters of glitch, Killboy, and local rap artist with her soulful vocals, Sophie Grophy. The World Bar guests will be announced soon.
Saturday, June 17
Evangeline + Killboy + Sophie Grophy
The Penny Black, 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick
8pm – 1am
Friday, July 21
Evangeline + special guests
The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross
8pm til late