NEW MUSIC: PSYCHO, Matilda Duncan

PSYCHO, Matilda Duncan IMAGE: Supplied

Townsville singer songwriter Matilda Duncan has released a brand new single. PSYCHO is Matilda’s first track back after COVID and a powerful pop offering that declares the promising artist is out to finish what she’d started.

While the first few chords of PSYCHO suggest a delicate number, the song ascends to a force of nature, carrying the listener away on a tide of lush guitar blended with Matilda’s strong but oh-so-smooth vocals.

PSYCHO, Matilda Duncan

Matilda will celebrate PSYCHO’s launch with a headline gig in Townsville on 29 April. She said she’s delighted the local live music industry as regaining its footing.

“I really got blocked when COVID hit. All of my focus went to finding another source of income and adjusting,” said Matilda.

“Before it all happened, I relied entirely on music and I’m really lucky I can do that again now, but it did take a while.”

Matilda debuted fresh out of high school in 2018 adding some early notches to her belt including supports for The Rubens and Ruby Fields, a set at Groovin the Moo and a Finalist nod at the 2019 Queensland Music Awards. However, she said the pandemic-forced break to her momentum hasn’t been all negative.

“The break was almost well-timed in a way that got to grow up a little bit.

“I had some time off, changed focus and when I was ready to be creative again it all started flowing. I’ve been writing way more in the last six months than I have in the last two years.

“I really wanted to explore more of an upbeat, pop sort of sound. You can kind of hear in my other songs that, I’m a sucker for a really big bridge and I just wanted to go crazy with it and try something new. That’s why there’s like seven different guitar parts or something insane in PSYCHO.”

Matilda recorded with all local musicians and she’s looking forward to getting the band back together for her upcoming show.

“…I’m a sucker for a really big bridge and I just wanted to go crazy with it and try something new.”

“The headline show at Otherwise is an entirely original catalogue,” she said.

“I think it’ll be the longest original set that I’ve been able to do being a headline and it’s been a while since I’ve taken my band to the stage so I have a lot of new songs to share that people wouldn’t have heard before in Townsville.

“It’s exciting to not only celebrate a new single, but to debut new material that I’ve been working on behind the scenes and crowd test it.”

Matilda is hoping to record again later this year.


Catch GTM’s Freshly Squeezed featuring Matilda Duncan at otherwise bar on 29 April 2022.

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