Tilley is a vocalist, songwriter, and artist in a variety of mediums. Since she began performing her own material, audiences have been captivated by her extraordinary voice, unique style, and poetic gift for songwriting. Her work speaks to the themes of human connection, growth, internal transformation, authenticity, and passion.
Conservatorium-trained, and with a remarkably versatile voice nurtured and further developed by her post-curricular studies in vocal anatomy and her daytime work as a voice coach, Tilley draws on influences from many genres to create her own musical world.
Her first album, the crowdfunded Songs from a Cold Island (2012) is a full-length album of mostly solo songs written during her early career. This folky record features Tilley accompanying herself on ukulele, acoustic and electric guitar, and one song with a full band. The single, “Maybe I Suffer”, is driven by fretless bass, and a taste of psychedelic surf rock in its sliding electric guitar and Hammond organ.
Her newest record, 5-track album close. is set to be released on December 1st, 2018. Created with music producer and multidisciplinary artist D.A.Calf, this record places Tilley’s intimate songs of love, loathing, and transformation into immersive, lushly layered musical landscapes of shadows and light.
This complex work retains the fretless bass and organ sounds from her first release, contrasting and combining these down-to-earth, organic-feeling instruments with more synthetic and electronic sounds. Together these aspects create a dark and shimmering world, inhabited by Tilley’s stunning voice.
In close. Tilley’s work can no longer be defined as folk. The record draws on influences such as Moses Sumney, The General Assembly, Jeff Buckley, Sharon van Etten, Mazzy Star, Low, and Joni Mitchell (Hejira and Shadows & Light era.) Tilley’s skilful songwriting explores what it means to be human, both looking outward to try to make sense of the world we inhabit, and an intimate reflection inwards to challenge and question ourselves, what we hold dear, and what we need to let go of in order to grow.
Tilley has regularly performed at MONA and other Hobart venues, as well as in Melbourne and around Australia, supporting and performing with artists such as Mikelangelo (The Tin Star and The Black Sea Gentleman), Matt Wicking (The General Assembly), and Seth Henderson.
She was a featured soloist and member of the ARIA-nominated Southern Gospel Choir for 9 years, and has sung backing vocals for a number of artists including Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) on his 2014 Everyday Robots Australian tour. Tilley also creates and collaborates with other creatives in a variety of mediums, and in 2017 recorded improvised vocals for a soundtrack composed by Robin Fox for the feature film “Guilty”.
Looking ahead to 2019, Tilley plans on working towards her next release, working with various producers to create a collection of dramatic and danceable songs of triumph and transformation, taking inspiration this time from such artists as Ngaiire, Janelle Monae, Kimbra, Florence & The Machine, and Prince.