Starley is a talented singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Not too long ago, she released a spectacular debut album, entitled, “One of One”, released via Central Station Records. The exemplary 13-track LP is a testament to the care and devotion that have gone into its creation.
Starley – “One of One” single
“I felt like ‘One of One’ was the best title for my first project because of both its literal and metaphorical meanings. We’re all connected, and this year, more than ever has really proven that. Everything is energy and we all need to work together towards a greater planet and existence for those who are living now and those after us. Also, it’s expressing uniqueness in more ways than one. My very first project and my journey to get to this point, which is unique to my story.” – Starley stated
The project opens with its namesake “One of One”, which serves as a moment of self-reflection. Also, the realization of who and what is truly important in life.
“Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)” music video
“When you’re low and your knees can’t rise. You feel helpless and you’re looking to the sky. Some people would say to accept defeat. Well if this is fate then we’ll find a way to cheat. We’ll say a little prayer if the answer isn’t fair.” – lyrics
‘Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)’ is featured on Starley’s “Call On Me (Remixes)” project. Also, “Call On Me” is one of the most successful Australian singles in recent years. So far, the breakout tune has joyfully accumulated over one billion streams.
“Let Me In” single
“‘Let Me In’ is soulful and country in the best way. I knew I needed to do a broken-down guitar record for my project. It’s one of my faves.” – Starley stated
‘Let Me In’ finds Starley gently pulling on listeners’ heartstrings. The beautiful tune was co-written by Amy Allen (Halsey, Harry styles) and produced by Jordan Reynolds. Also, the song contains a battle-tested love associated with a complicated relationship. Moreover, “Let Me In” contains a sensitive narrative, pleasing vocals, and moody moments of light and shade.
“Better With U”
‘Better With U’ amps up the energy once again. The feel-good tune discusses finding your better half, which Starley charmingly compares to “the feeling of having a mouthful of strawberry starburst on a jet ski listening to my favorite tunes. Literally, my dream come true.”
“The demo vocal is what we ended up using for the final version because it was just so raw. I sang it in two takes. The bridge was completely improvised. I just let the piano take me.” – Starley stated
‘Bad Love’ finds Starley wearing her heart on her sleeve while recalling the struggle of being in a problematic relationship with her significant other. Apparently, she’s willing to travel to hell and back – even if she gets burned in the process. Later, she admits that she can’t live without her toxic lover.
“Signs (Eden Prince Remix)”
‘Signs (Eden Prince Remix)’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-welcoming vocals, and tuneful melodies. Also, the dance-floor ready tune possesses vibey instrumentation flavored with electro-pop, dance, and electronic elements.
“Call on Me” original version
“I wrote this song when I was at a low point in my life. I wrote it in my bedroom late one night on the keyboard. Since I can remember, all I’ve wanted to do was write and sing. I even moved [out of the] country to pursue my dream. And spent years in London, struggling with money, but still believing I would make it. I’d finally got to the point where I was feeling helpless and wanted to give up. I was thinking of walking away from music altogether. That reality was heartbreaking for me. One night, this song just poured out of me. It became a way of telling myself it was going to be ok, almost like an encouragement. It was as if I had created my own lighthouse, a beacon to help me realize my dreams are not impossible. I can do this. I’ll figure it out. I just need to follow my intuition and essentially call on myself.” – Starley stated
‘Call on Me’ finds Starley encouraging listeners to never give up no matter what. And to keep on traveling on rough and dark roads even though you might feel exhausted or dispirited. Also, look for strength within, and you will find the courage and insight needed to navigate toward your desired destination.
Starley – “Love Is Love” music video
“You asked me if it’s your fault for letting me play with trucks when I was younger. Then you went on to say how will I break this news to your mother. And you say you cried for three days straight, daddy. And I don’t understand it ’cause loving her, it ain’t an illness since she makes me happy. We’ve got to hold one another, we’ve got to hold on real tight. You know we only have each other as long you open up your eyes ’cause love is love.” – lyrics
‘Love Is Love’ contains a message of support and togetherness. The lyrics discuss being true to yourself in the face of adversity. Also, the song is a dedication to the LBGTQIA+ community.
“People still struggle with these prejudices and many more every day. This is a song for us all, and anyone who has not been accepted for who they choose to love.” – Starley stated
In between performing her famed originals, Starley often performs one of her favorite songs of all time, “Fast Car”. Therefore, it makes sense that she included a version on the album paying tribute to one of her idols, Tracy Chapman.
‘Yours’ is one of our favorite tracks on the album. The gorgeous tune contains a love-related narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and rich harmonies. Also, the song possesses moody instrumentation flavored with a warm indie-pop vibration. Furthermore, “Yours” serves as a fantastic presentation to what listeners have come to expect from Starley.
“Lovers + Strangers”
“Wrote another text that I’ll never send. Oh, I wanna say so many things. Like you’ve been on my mind, I hope you’re doing fine. Oh, I wanna say… but I don’t. Used to know you better than I know myself.” – lyrics
‘Lovers + Strangers’ finds Starley sharing her experience on love and relationships. Also, she explores the breakdown of a relationship, but even more-so the breakdown of the underlying friendship.
Starley – “Arms Around Me” lyric video
“It’s been a while since I have seen your face. The years have treated you well. We gave our best, but somehow we messed it up and I never could forget your love. A familiar song to me, it’s perfect, it’s synergy. Can you feel it now? Let’s go right back to the start, a temporary departure, hear it now.” — lyrics
The gospel-inspired “Arms Around Me” rounds out the LP. The likable tune encourages listeners to find comfort in wrapping their arms around a loved one during a moment of departure.
“One of One” album
“I’m so excited to present my very first project. It was a journey and a chapter of my life that had so many twists and turns. To be able to share that through my songs is the craziest feeling. I’m so happy to release it out into the world!” – Starley stated
Starley is a vivid storyteller, celebrated for her originality and refreshing honesty. An all-round entertainer, the artist-to-watch has lit up the stage with her larger than life energy, earning her fans from all around the globe. So far, she has warmed up the stage for Cher, Kary Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Clean Bandit. Also, she starred as a guest in Bandit’s video for their hit single, “Baby” (feat. Marina & Luis Fonsi).
Starley is the charismatic and inimitable Australian pop star we’ve all been waiting for. She has made guest appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Project, Studio 10, and The Morning Show. Also, she has graced the pages of Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and more.
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