Over the past couple singer-songwriter Emily Hatton has released some lovely singles, gradually building a catalogue of country-pop tracks that aren’t afraid to be romantic – not just romantic in the sense of relationships but Romantic in the other sense, with a perspective that the world holds beauty in it and she is there to observe and, hopefully, experience. There is a longing in her voice that has no trace of disappointment in it; it’s the sound of someone always expecting to find good rather than bad. It’s not just her voice that captures attention, either – for her last single, ‘Why’d You Have To?’, Hatton was announced as a Top 40 finalist in the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, which had over 4000 entries.
The latest song, ‘Make it Slow’, was written by Hatton with Tim Tricky and Lachlan Coffey, and takes its inspiration from a magical chance encounter Hatton herself had on the snow-covered peaks of Mount Hotham in Victoria. The lyrics describe the first hours after that meeting when two people are getting to know each other. The song is full of promise while making no promises about the future.
Hatton has an EP planned; in the meantime, if you’re new to her work you can catch up on the singles and add some a bit of wonder and light to your day.