Melbourne alt-pop luminary Shannen James delivered a pared-down version of her recent single “Separate Ways”, recruiting Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce to give it an emotional and folk twist.
Instead of the bright and dynamic pop flair of the original track, the new mix shines with dry, warmly strummed acoustic guitars and atmospheric strings that simmer and swell as the track progresses. Pearce’s deep and catchy voice adds a smoky touch to the track which is beautifully offset by James’ heartbreaking falsetto.
Take a look at the “Separate Ways” acoustic redux video – which also features the production of Holy Holy guitarist Oscar Dawson – below:
In a press release, James explained that she was keen to approach “Separate Ways” from a new perspective given the colorful palette of tones she had previously explored on the original, noting that Pearce effortlessly suited the look. contemplative feeling of the new version. She said: “It’s so much fun to take a song that already has a full production behind it and strip it to the core.
“Working with Riley Pearce and Oscar Dawson on this track was honestly so cool, especially because I’m a fan of both. Riley’s vocal tone was so perfect for this duo and his ability to make a part their own was really important and he did it effortlessly!
“Oscar really brought his lush guitar sensibility to this song and I think he made such a beautiful world around our vocals. He doesn’t overdo it, but really pushes and pulls when needed. Like pulling. on sensitive cords.
“Separate Ways” was originally split into one in July. Upon release, James described the track as a “straightforward approach when relationships break down and for some reason run their course.”
Along with the single, James has announced a one-off show for the end of the year, which will take place at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Thursday, December 2. Tickets for the concert are on sale now on the venue’s website.
James released his first EP, ‘Arrows’, last September. NME awarded it four stars upon its release, with writer Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen dubbing it “a delightful collection of indie pop meant to lift lock-weary spirits”, and highlighting James’ ability to deliver “lively and heartfelt joy shovel”.
Pierce, meanwhile, released his EP “Love And Other Stuff” in March of this year, accompanied by the single “Electricity”.