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Aussie artist Lawson Hull paints a nostalgia-tinged vista in the shape of thoughtful and melodic ‘College Town’

Australian alternative folk and dream-pop singer-songwriter Lawson Hull releases the sleepy, contemplative track ‘College Town’ from his debut EP ‘Dreaming is Easy’.

Gently infused with a sense of longing and regret, Lawson Hull reflects on a time where he moved from one small town to another, stirring up feelings of nostalgia and reflection with his gentle vocals and wistful strums of an acoustic guitar. The home-video style visuals that he’s released alongside the tune play like a walk down memory lane, capturing Hull driving from one place to another, visiting the familiar, unspectacular sights of his small College town: The local marina, a fish and chip shop and a sign that says ‘Fire Danger Rating Today’ with the arrow pointing towards ‘High’.

Intentionally stylised with a DIY aesthetic, the video channels the feeling of looking back on a place when you’ve left it far behind. Though sonically brushed with a sense of yearning, ‘College Town’ also emanates a feeling of hope and acceptance for the past with Hull’s warm acoustic melodies and gentle vocal harmonies adding a large dose of sunlight to the thoughtful song. Pleasantly dazed-sounding and paired with its hazy Summer visuals, Hull’s latest release is a lush offering packed with sensitivity, warmth and charm.

Speaking on ‘College Town’s release, Hull says:

 “We filmed a special little visual for the song down in a small fishing town called Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury river, just north of Sydney. It has a real low-key vibe, not a lot going on, so it pretty much summed up my life! Angus shot it all on an old super 8 camera to portray a kind of nostalgia about old places that feel like home, and what it would be like to look back on a place if I left it.”

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Henrietta Taylor
the authorHenrietta Taylor
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25 year old London gal about town. Recommending and reviewing new music and upcoming artists. Like most, I enjoy a lot of music, but. there's a squashy special place in my heart for Indie (Pop/Rock/Tronica), Alt Pop'n Rock, Dream-pop, Shoegaze, Psych Rock and, ooh, anything JANGLY.

8 Comments

  • Awesome song and tones. True art evokes emotion which this certainly does. Love the way the video was cut…is that just old films edited together?

    • I agree! “college town” with those dreamy guitar leads, super cool lyrics and ghostly vocal harmonies. Really excellent and it has such a mood to it! Very impressed and loved it. Adding it to my library now!

  • I literally had chills throughout the entire song – this is gorgeous!! I hope they never stop <3

  • This is the song I’d want to listen to in my car driving down a long open stretch of road with nothing but trees and open fields all around me and the sun setting in the distance. I love it!

  • Missing summer already and driving with my van from destination to destination and resting at a camp fire. This track and the video vibe just hit me. Really love it.

  • Enjoyed the article, and the music video was even better. It has such a mood to it! The dreamy guitar leads on “College Town” are beautiful and such a great match with those vocal harmonies. Spectacular song really! Additionally, The Lazy Mornings playlist has so many good songs.

  • wow, “college town” with those dreamy guitar leads, super cool lyrics and ghostly vocal harmonies. Really excellent and it has such a mood to it! Very impressed and loved it. Adding it to my library now!

  • Crazy good voice! Mix really well too. Definitely discovered a new artist I’ll be looking out for. Always love it when a good song is paired with good production, plus mixed well. Credit where credit is due: Great tune.

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