Celebrated as one of this country's most captivating songwriters and producers, Melbourne-based artist Woodes today makes her triumphant return with a new single/video 'Forever After'.
Sprawling and wistful, 'Forever After' journeys the discovery of love after loss, the trials of grieving and the power of nature and reconnection. The official music video directed by Nick Mckk (Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly) channels this process against the stunning backdrop of The Grampians.
On the track, Elle Graham (Woodes) shares; "I wrote 'Forever After' about love and the process of moving on, alongside grief. I started writing this at the start of 2022, after the breakdown of a relationship. I packed my things and moved interstate. 'Forever After' was the thought that I wouldn't want to erase the love or the story; they're a part of me forever. Personally, I was rebuilding everything around me, including my relationship with music after the time in the pandemic. I found myself playing piano again, writing songs to heal. I found myself hiking and returning to nature, starting to reconnect with myself. I'm so proud of the process. It feels like my most personal work."
Woodes released her self-titled debut EP in 2016, gaining audiences both in Australia (where she found herself on many "ones to watch" lists) and internationally. Since then, she's toured with the likes of Thelma Plum, Asgier and Sylvan Esso and appeared at multiple festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, SXSW & Beyond the Valley, amongst headline tours of her own. Her cinematic 2018 EP Golden Hour spawned two triple j favorites, "Dots" and "Run For It" both arriving on the back of the hugely popular collaboration with Set Mo - "I Belong Here" - which has been certified Platinum in Australia.
In her own work throughout this time, Woodes continued to merge music and fashion, incorporating her stylistic influences into her music and the worlds she builds around it. In music videos, she conceptualized how to bring stories to life. On the live stage, she was compared to contemporaries such as Bjork, AURORA, Arctic Lake, and Mr. Little Jeans through her larger-than-life costume design. Having modeled for clients such as Chanel, David Jones & Myer, her styling and presentation have become as renowned as something that goes hand-in-hand with each release.
Woodes' debut album Crystal Ball came out at the end of 2020, receiving a 4-star review from NME & charting at #3 on the Australian Independent Album Charts. "How Long I'd Wait" was added to high rotation & fan-favorite "Close" was named one of Youtube's Top Aussie Songs of 2020. Woodes signed to Nettwerk Music Group in 2022 and will release new music throughout 2023.
Photo credit: Mads Colvin