It's a warm welcome indeed to hear new music from Chitra, who last week shared her first single of the year Give Up.
With her familiar alt-folk flare and charming vocals, the Melbourne/Naarm singer-songwriter's latest offering is sign of bigger things to come, with a strong sense of progression in her songwriting shining clearly in this track. Eyeing down the sounds of Julia Jacklin or Jess Locke, Give Up is filled with kind and roaring folk vocals and instrumentation that builds up for a striking finale in this story.
Written about the end of a relationship, Give Up finds the words to speak about the dissolution of love and the moment where the emotions are running high.
Expanding on the background of the song, Chitra said "Whilst writing this song I was thinking a lot about choices. A friend said to me, relationships don’t just end, someone has to stop trying, someone makes the conscious decision to end it whether it's communicated or not. I thought this was interesting and started to write about the nasty feelings that live inside when you feel let down in a similar scenario, even if those feelings can be a bit dramatic and turn out to be fleeting."
Give Up comes as the first taste of new music from Chitra, after sharing her self-titled debut EP at the dawn of the pandemic in February last year. Released via Our Golden Friend, Chitra will celebrate the release of Give Up with David M Western at the Northcote Social Club on January 20 - so if you're in the area you can check out tickets for that here.