The fourth part of his one-song-per-month release of his nine-track mixtape, 'L89' (Latey Nine), Australian singer-songwriter Callan John delivers a beautiful ballad in the form of 'A Home She Made'.
An intimate indie-folk lullaby, Callan first wrote the song ten years ago as a love letter to a girl on the other side of the world he'd fallen madly in love with.
"We met in Sydney while she was travelling around Australia and had an incredible time together," Callan says, "but then she got on a plane and flew home to where she lived on the other side of the world.
"I was missing her terribly and wrote the song to convey the message that, although physically separated by vast geographical distances and a seemingly endless stretch of ocean, nothing could ever come between our inextricable connection."
The self-confessed deep thinker who enjoys a coffee or two, took a three-year detour into the world of electronic music before quitting music. He only picked up his dust-covered guitar in 2017, but quickly returned to the songs he'd first written many years earlier.
Callan recently spent a month in the studio with producer Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Urthboy), an experience he fully relished despite his initial apprehension. "I'd never really stepped foot in a proper studio before recording 'A Home She Made' and the mixtape it belongs to," he says.
"I remember feeling pretty nervous and out of my depth, even a bit intimidated by the prospect of working with a producer of Tim's premium pedigree.
"But he drew on every inch of his vast wealth of knowledge, expertise and apparently infinite supply of patience to guide me through each step of the process and emerge with nine songs I'm super proud of."
Ahead of its release tomorrow, scenestr is stoked to premiere the entrancing 'A Home She Made' today. Enjoy.
"I didn't consciously draw on any influences for this song," admits Callan, "but I was listening to a lot of Bon Iver, Jack Johnson and loads of other melancholic musicians at the time, so it's possible that those influences could be heard in the song.
"Someone even told me they got 'Beatles vibes' from it the other day. I don't hear it but I'll gladly take the comparison straight to the pool room."