Following widespread media support and a spectacular turn at BIGSOUND 2022 that stunned audiences into hear-a-pin-drop silence ("simply breathtaking" - Scenestr), Naarm/Melbourne-based soul artist, proud Noongar woman and Music Victoria 2022 Uncle Archie Roach Award nominee Bumpy announces her debut EP, Morning Sun, to be released the day following Survival Day, January 27 2023 via Astral People Recordings. The announcement arrives along captivating new single 'Hide & Seek', out now.
Sinuous and serpentine, 'Hide & Seek' sees Bumpy's velvety, potent vocals glide over a meandering groove from her virtuosic band that builds layer upon layer of plush instrumentation to kaleidoscopic heights that'll ensnare fans of the likes of Erykah Badu, Kadhja Bonét and Hiatus Kaiyote. The news precedes her forthcoming appearance at NinchFest alongside Birdz, Peter Bibby, Nice Biscuit and many more, and follows her recent performance at the 2022 NIMA Awards, thanks to being hand-selected by triple j Unearthed, who also spot-lit her as Feature Artist.
“‘Hide & Seek has lived in many different forms in this project. From playing it solo, duo, trio to full band it has been a really enjoyable time arranging it to be recorded, trying to reflect more of the live band’s sound. Hide & Seek follows the playfulness of desire and the feelings of getting caught up in temptation,” says Bumpy of the single.
Bumpy's previous singles, from her debut 'Falling' (2020), and this year's 'Return Home' (which arrived alongside news of her signing to Astral) & 'Leave It All Behind', the latter two of which will also feature on the EP, drew support from triple j, Unearthed, Double J, Frankie Magazine, SBS The Feed, ABC Radio National, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, WAEVZ AU, AUDollars, Milky, MTV AU, rage, Trouble Juice, and beyond, with playlisting from SYN FM, 2SER, PBSFM, Coles Radio and a feature in ABC’s NAIDOC Special alongside Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Uncle Kutcha Edwards and Kee’ahn. Bumpy's work has also received extensive playlisting across DSPs, including inclusion on Spotify’s New Music Friday AU&NZ, R&B Feels, Broad Chords, Blak Australia, Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Alt Pop, Mellow Days and first position on TikTok ANZ’s First Nations playlist, to name a few.
'Hide & Seek' offers another glimpse into the transportive, jazzy world of Morning Sun, a slickly self-produced debut body of work (mixed by Theo Carbo and mastered by Lachlan Carrick in close collaboration) that celebrates community and examines the duality of human nature, balancing effortless style and restless substance from the cool swing of opener 'Waiting Game' to the emotional, empowering title track.
Also the lead vocalist of Naarm/Melbourne neo-soul outfit Squid Nebula, Bumpy is an enrapturing and utterly sincere performer whose live show is a powerful, affecting experience that instantly feels in a lane of its very own.
She has supported Hiatus Kaiyote and played festivals like Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Strawberry Fields, Grampians Music Festival, Melbourne Fashion Week, Melbourne Music Week (where she also curated a First Nations showcase Wominjeka), Boogie Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and St Kilda Festival and appeared at Astral People’s Birthday at Sydney Opera House on as part of VIVID Sydney alongside Yussef Dayes, Mildlife and many more.