Sloan Peterson has unveiled her latest collection of work, sharing the eclectic new EP Lost Illusions this week. A seven-track release that sees Peterson at her vulnerable, intimate best, the EP is the work of a more refreshed, self-assured version of an already-acclaimed artist.
Following on from the release of last month's Sick And Selfish, the new EP also collects previous singles There Are Worse Things I Could Do and Wear My Heart Out along with a handful of new cuts. One of these is Bittersweet, which arrives with a dreamy visual directed by Adam Theobald, and evokes memories of Fleetwood Mac and Lana Del Rey.
"I'd been living in Byron to try and escape the madness of the city," Peterson explains. "After living there a couple of months. I started seeing a darkness tinged throughout this paradise, and I kept dreaming about it.
"I was finding it difficult to have real connections with the people I was meeting and just felt isolated. In the clip I wanted to portray beauty (sweet) that can be twisted (bitter) by the choices we make."
An accomplished collection of tracks that revel in elevated storytelling and seamlessly blended pop-rock, Lost Illusions is both slick, heartfelt, and authentically Sloan Peterson as she uses intimate vulnerability to take stock of her identity and decisions. The result is one of Peterson's most impressive works to date.
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"I wrote most of this EP at a time when I was struggling to understand my identity and was questioning some of the decisions I was making," she explains. "Music is my therapy, and listening to these songs reminds me to enjoy the present, and appreciate the little things. I hope you enjoy my EP – so much joy, sweat, tears and years went into it!"