The 18 year-old singer-songwriter Matilda Pearl recently arrived on the scene with her vibrant indie-pop sound, and earlier this year she announced signing to indie label, Sweat It Out. Now the Mornington Peninsula based talent delivers another colourful and funky indie-pop single, ‘What Can I Do?’, produced by Lewis Stephenson of The Belligerents and Moses Gunn Collective. ‘What Can I Do?’ inevitably finds a way to create an element of nostalgic playfulness but maintaining the Matilda Pearlfresh pop soundscape, Matilda details “We referenced artists like Jamiroquai, Benee, Roisin Murphy and Doja Cat to create cute and sarcastic lyrics while sonically, the track has a retro feel”. Then the pair brought on the incredible Touch Sensitive to add the silky smooth bass, amplifying the dreamy melody Matilda has created.

Matilda Pearl elaborates on the meaning behind the track ‘What Can I Do?’ is about mixed messages. Living in a world that is increasingly online, I think we’ve become more familiar with being online and can throw big statements out with no risk, but it’s not a reflection of how someone actually acts around you in real life. Navigating relationships is already hard enough without the pressure of living up to how confident and cool you can seem online.

Matilda Pearl consistently brings an energy like no other, with her spritely personality and vivacious vocals, it is impossible to not fall in love with her artistry. Already Matilda Pearl has garnered a close following after entering ‘Your Touch’ into triple j’s Unearthed High competition. This led the singer/songwriter to gain attention from an array of triple j presenters as well as former Unearthed High winner George Alice, while her infectious vocals have already been compared to the likes of Eilish Gilligan, Sigrid and Dua Lipa. Later in the year, Matilda Pearlwill bring her bubbly personality to the live stage for her first solo headline show at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, with dates lined up at Land of Plenty festival, and NYE on the HILL 2021.

‘What Can I Do?’ is out now via Sweat It Out.


Thursday 14th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
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Saturday 30th October – Land of Plenty, Showgrounds, Shepparton
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Thursday 30th December – NYE on the HILL 2021, The Farm, VIC
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Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder