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"Complicated" - Winston Surfshirt | Review

""Complicated" is groove filled single that pulls from funk, disco, and hip hop to get you off the couch, dancin' and taking a chance. The vibe can be summed up with the lyrics, "Not complicating thing"

Double-platinum ARIA winning six-piece collective Winston Surfshirt are back at it again with their latest single. The crew recruited Aussie DJ and Producer Young Franco to bring their A-game on "Complicated".

I am in love with this house-esc take on groovey indie. This song just is exploding with joy and funk and makes me want to get up and dance. It is so lighthearted and playful and just dips in and out of different grooves. This song is flirty and just fills you with positivity. We all just want to take an impulsive chance on someone.

“Complicated” follows the band’s eponymous Cover Your Mouth (Live From Lockdown) EP, released in March this year. From their respective Sydney lounge rooms, the six-piece recorded some of their biggest influences via a series of cover versions, bringing joy to fans keen to experience live music again. In a pre-pandemic 2019, the band dropped their eagerly awaited sophomore album Apple Crumble to rave reviews, played packed out shows globally, and gave a show-stopping headline set at Splendour In The Grass that achieved immortality via triple j’s Live At The Wireless. Cue 2020, and the band focused on new beginnings while the world stopped, most notably for frontman Winston, with the arrival of his first child, and a collaboration with friend Angus Stone on the Dope Lemon track "Every Day Is A Holiday." It went on to amass over 8 million streams, and land #107 in triple j’s Hottest 200.

Winston Surfshirt initially began as the solo project of the infamous frontman, singer, producer and rapper, before organically calling upon some of his closest friends and other local artists to become the globally cherished musical collective they are today. The band’s cult following is reaffirmed with every impeccably tight and equally raucous live show, as the lines between funk, soul and hip-hop blur seamlessly. From their stellar 2017 debut and triple j Feature Album, Sponge Cake to present day, the band have garnered wide-spread praise from international tastemakers including Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, Sir Elton John, Jason Bentley (KCRW), Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), and Lauren Laverne (BBC Radio 6). The band’s festival billings continue to climb, as the world aims to resume and add to a list that includes Splendour In The Grass, Spilt Milk, Falls Festival, Field Day and sold-out British & European shows all over.

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