Pairing gorgeously structured indie rock with flecks of 90s and early 00’s rock filtered throughout, the single pulls on feelings of nostalgia and stands out as an exciting start of a new chapter for the band.
The first taste of music from the band since their March EP A State of Living In An Objective Reality, ‘Sentimental’ showcases the group’s songwriting skills in collaboration with award winning Australian pop writer Sarah Aarons (Cosmo’s Midnight, Childish Gambino) and American songwriter/producer John Hill (WAFIA, Portugal. The Man) and multi talented producer / engineer Dylan Adams (DMA’s, Skeggs, Troy Sivan).
The creation of the song came as the band were experiencing one of their most significant chapters as a group so far. Breaking into the international market with their single ‘Just Exist’, Eliza & The Delusionals found themselves touring North America with Silversun Pickups and enjoying success on US radio with the single selected as Jeff Regan’s ‘Critical Cut’ on SiriusXM AltNation. The alternative rock station went on to spin the track over 700 times.
An early impact sent ripples through the American sector, leading to the band locking in more tours and lucrative festival spots, though these plans were unfortunately cut short due to the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the international touring circuit.
Despite this, Eliza & The Delusionals’ resolve when it comes to making new music has never been stronger and with ‘Sentimental’, we’re beginning to hear the results of sessions spent creating what is their best material to date.
The nostalgic element of ‘Sentimental’ is key to its music video too. Directed by Alex Flamsteed & Natalie Sim from MTMM, the music video was filmed out on the Gold Coast, interspersing footage of the band performing and also hanging out in a number of scenarios. The music video has a bit of an old-school holiday feel to it, as the band hang at the beach, cruise around, skate and enjoy being out and about.
‘Sentimental’ speaks to the heart of the band’s individual and group influences. Coming up on a love for melody, guitars and rhythm, Eliza & The Delusionals have formed a sound that is most definitely their own, yet also sings the praises of the genre pioneers who came before them. And as they enter a new phase of music for 2020 and beyond, music like ‘Sentimental’ exists in a rich and textured rock/pop realm that Eliza & The Delusionals have loved diving deep into.
2020 has seen Eliza & The Delusionals embrace change, with the introduction of bassist Ruby Lee to the fold at the beginning of the year. Having enjoyed success internationally as well as a growing profile and legion of fans around the country at home, the Northern New South Wales/Gold Coast group have been going from strength to strength.