Feature: The Ingredients of Let's Talk Monday with Ayla

Monday, December 11, 2017

With the release of Ayla's EP Let's Talk Monday fast approaching (p.s. it's on 12th January, note it down), she's given us a sneak peek of what we can expect, sharing her inspiration behind her upcoming release. 

Along with the release of the EP next year, Ayla will be busy, with tour dates coming up to celebrate the release of the EP, plus she is set to play The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, which is happening in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 17. Find more deets on both below.

Sam Cromack
To get very literal, the people I was lucky enough to work with on this release were a huge part of making it into what it is. Getting to work with Sam on production was amazing: he encouraged my ideas and helped direct them, bringing the songs to life. 

Waging Heavy Peace 
Like many people who are involved in songwriting, Sam is a big Neil Young fan, and every time I was in his home studio in the suburbs of Brisbane, I would see Young's autobiography Waging Heavy Peace on the bookshelf. Neil Young's music has been in my life since I was very young, with my Dad being a huge fan, but it was around the time of recording this EP that I started to re-listen and really appreciate his music and also ended up borrowing the autobiography from my Dad. 

New Tunings 
Two tracks on this EP were written in different tunings. 'Too Cold for June' is a weird one, and 'Porcelain Doll' is just drop D, so it's not too wild, but I wrote it back when I was seventeen and just starting to play around with different tunings. New sounds are always inspiring, and both tunings definitely played a huge role in the creation of those two tracks. 

House on Hill
I grew up on a farm outside of Cooroy with a house on a hill that looked out over a valley with mountains in the distance. It was an amazingly inspirational place to write music, and a most of the tracks on this EP were written there — in our lounge room with big glass bi-fold doors that looked out over the view. 

Brisbane Summer
Looking back on the recording of this EP makes me think of Brisbane summer. It was hot, and some days the crickets chirped too loud in the afternoon to record vocals. Other days it rained, and that inspired tinkling rainy sounds, but mostly it was just very pleasant. The last release I put out was quite dark, where this EP was more explorative and warm, which I think is represented well by a Brisbane Summer. 

Let's Talk Monday is set for release on 12th January, you can pre-order the EP here.

You can catch Ayla's EP tour dates on these dates:
Friday 12th January - Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane 
Friday 19th January - The Penny Black, Melbourne (*free entry)
Saturday 20th January - OAF Gallery Bar, Sydney 
(more info, supports for each show and tickets are available via the link)

Ayla will also be playing The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl on Saturday February 17. Entry is free and you can check out the full line up of artists and venues below.