Australian alternative-pop, indie-folk musician, Riley Pearce's latest release is the charming six-track EP 'Maybe I Can Sleep It Off'.
Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's book, 'Big Magic: How To Live A Creative Life And Let Go of Your Fear', 'Maybe I Can Sleep It Off' finds Riley questioning his own creative outlet as a songwriter and whether being a musician is his long-term career.
"I went through a period a while back where I had fallen out of love with my songwriting, things just weren't working and it was a real struggle and to be honest it felt like a chore at times.
"As a result I found myself getting distracted and not focusing on the right things, or being too hung up on trying to make things perfect and stalling.
"I had to have a bit of a meeting with myself and figure out what made me fall in love with being a musician in the first place and how to rekindle that relationship.
"This EP is a mix of both the early struggle but also the reassurance that I'm on the right track. In a way it's me being both the counsellor and the patient."
Ahead of the release tomorrow (25 September) of 'Maybe I Can Sleep It Off', scenestr is stoked to premiere Riley's new EP today. Enjoy.
"This EP took a way more band-like approach – quite a diversion from some of my previous releases," adds Riley.
"Maybe Dad's messages of 'needs more chorus' or 'can the drums play from the start' are slowly infiltrating my subconscious!"
Recorded with Andy Lawson at Debaser Studios in Perth, Riley has created custom pocket notebooks to accompany this release.
Influenced by the way Riley writes his music, always carrying around a pocketbook for when inspiration strikes, the books have been pressed in Melbourne on recycled paper and are available now