Brisbane-born multi-hyphenate Sloan Peterson has unveiled the latest track from what is shaping up to be a massive year, with Sick And Selfish arriving today.
The new single sees Peterson returning to her rock roots, displaying a sense of visceral authenticity as she shares taunting synths and moody Lana Del Rey-esque vocals, all atop an unrelenting galloping riff. The result is a powerful earworm, inspired by Mark Ronson's Angel Olsen-featuring True Blue, which itself was a standout track from Ronson's 2019 album, Late Night Feelings.
As she explains, Sick And Selfish is all about taking something for granted and lamenting its absence once it’s gone. "I wrote this song at a really anxiety-filled time in my life," Peterson says.
"I was on tour and very vulnerable, and hadn’t been feeling inspired creatively or even have energy to perform. I had just played my Sydney show, and had a writing session on the Monday," she adds. "Monday comes, and I was completely unprepared, so I decided to go to a café and just sit there and write the first thing that came to my head.
"I was thinking about not taking something for granted, but only knowing you’ve taken it for granted when it’s gone, and feeling foolish. This song is really close to my heart."
Both Sick And Selfish and recent single, June's Wear Out My Heart, are set to feature on Peterson's forthcoming EP, Lost Illusions, which is due to arrive on 20th October, and serves as her first collection of work since her 2019 debut album, Midnight Love, Vol.2.
"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," Peterson 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!"