Sophia Whitney unveils ethereal new single ‘Lorikeets’ ahead of Port Fairy Folk Festival

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Sophia Whitney unveils ethereal new single ‘Lorikeets’ ahead of Port Fairy Folk Festival

Words by Staff Writer

Sophia Whitney's new single 'Lorikeets' is a haunting ode to present moments.

Warrnambool’s own musical gem, Sophia Whitney, has graced the airwaves once again with her latest single, ‘Lorikeets,’ marking her fifth release in her growing repertoire.

The poignant track, released on March 6th, 2024, sets the stage for Whitney’s upcoming performance at the esteemed Port Fairy Folk Festival, where her soulful melodies are sure to captivate audiences.

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Inspired by the breathtaking landscapes and rich culture of Gunditjmara country, ‘Lorikeets’ is a testament to Whitney’s deep connection to her roots. Produced by the talented Billy Barker and mixed by Tim Harvey, the single emanates a haunting beauty that echoes throughout its four-minute duration. Whitney’s voice, reminiscent of Angel Olsen’s emotive resonance, carries a raw, organic quality, drawing listeners into a world of introspection and longing.

Across the entrancing single, Whitney’s delicate yet powerful vocals soar above lush instrumentation, creating a sonic tapestry that is as captivating as it is evocative. There’s a haunting quality to her delivery, as if each note is imbued with layers of longing and introspection, reminiscent of the likes of Julia Jacklin’s emotive storytelling. The backing vocals in the chorus elevate the song’s cathartic energy, adding depth and dimension to Whitney’s soul-stirring performance.

“Writing Lorikeets was an opportunity to celebrate the present moment and everything I already have and worked so hard for,” shares Whitney. “We live in a fast-paced world and always looking ahead to what’s next, writing this song was a nice opportunity to slow down and look at what was already around me.”

Recorded set amongst the rugged beauty of Gunditjmara country near Kilarney in Victoria’s beautiful southwest, Whitney’s sentiment encapsulates the essence of ‘Lorikeets’, being a song that invites listeners to pause and reflect on the beauty that surrounds them. In a world consumed by the pursuit of the next big thing, Whitney’s introspective lyrics serve as a poignant reminder to appreciate the present moment and cherish the blessings we often overlook.


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Born and raised in Melbourne before finding her home in the South West, Sophia Whitney’s musical journey is a testament to the power of storytelling through song. Drawing inspiration from legendary artists like Gillian Welch and Joni Mitchell, Whitney weaves tales of love, loss, and self-discovery with a sincerity that resonates deeply with her audience.

Her debut single, ‘Falling,’ released in late 2019, marked the beginning of a promising career that continues to flourish with each subsequent release. Now, five years and five releases on, with ‘Lorikeets’ Whitney showcases her evolution as an artist, blending indie-pop sensibilities with the timeless allure of country music.

As a songwriter, Whitney possesses a rare gift for capturing the essence of personal experience, evoking a sense of nostalgia that transcends time and place. Her music serves as a poignant reminder of the power of vulnerability and the beauty that lies within the human experience.

With accolades pouring in from fans and critics alike, Sophia Whitney stands poised on the brink of a breakthrough in the music industry. Her ability to evoke indescribable emotions through her music is a testament to her talent and dedication to her craft. As she prepares to take the stage at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Whitney’s star continues to rise, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who have the pleasure of listening to her hauntingly beautiful, soul-stirring melodies.

Listen to Sophia Whitney here, or catch her live performance at Port Fairy Folk Festival this weekend.