Ali Barter – Backseat

When Ali Barter released her debut album A Suitable Girl in 2017, following three EPโ€™s, I thought it was a great record. It spawned the Carte Blanche Music Wildcard Girlie Bits, for instance. Despite the long-playerโ€™s success however, it filled the Australian singer-songwriter with insecurity, even leading up to her decision never to write again. Thankfully, she changed her mindโ€ฆ

18 October, Barter will put out her second album Hello, Iโ€™m Doing My Best, the title of which is self-explanatory. Backseat is her new single. Billed as Ali’s first ever love song, she wrote it about meeting her producer/collaborator/boyfriend Oscar Dawson (a member of the band Holy Holy). He also features in the songโ€™s hilarious video.

Barter explains: โ€œBackseat is about admiring someone from afar and then falling in love. I had this idea of a clip that was kinda likeย โ€˜True Romanceโ€™ย crossed withย โ€˜Miseryโ€™. How love can make you a bit crazy and how sometimes we smother love with our love. The clip is about two awkward people that get together one night at a bar. A girl admires a boy from afar but when she meets him they are so clumsy and over eager that they end up injuring each other during a late night jam session. Itโ€™s just like love really. A mess.โ€

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