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“I’m sick of turning it down, I’m sick of holding it in, I’m sick of tip toeing around, quietly bleeding,” is hardly the libretto assumed from a well drilled, operatic vocalist from Brisbane. But Kate Miller-Heidke is hardly one for adopting stereotypes. Excelling with degrees from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Miller-Heidke dropped the classical facade for the more commercial shores of Australia’s music charts. But don’t let cloudy Charlotte Church impressions mediate from within. Miller-Heidke is her own woman.

Coming from her impending release ‘O Vertigo!’, latest single ‘Offer It Up’ is Miller-Heidke’s first independent release since escaping the arduous confines of Sony. As contagious as any other Miller-Heidke track alight with her outré, emancipating pop sensibilities. This really could have been 2014’s Summer anthem. From the Lady Gaga twisted sequenced hook that announces itself brightly throughout to the Kate Bush theatrics Miller-Heidke attempts to mirror throughout, ‘Offer It Up’ has all the hallmarks of Kate White meets Ellie Goulding in a pop melody playoff. The atmospheric drums that rumble within are as liberating as the elegant piano constructions and is delivered in a manner so diverse in its texture that it just feels triumphant.

Perhaps this has come to late. But Down Under in Brisvegas, there’s no doubt with their season of late night partying and all round jolliness will be hardened with a stiff dose of ‘Offer It Up’. Free, independent and unshackledd, Kate Miller-Heidke is back on top of her popfuelledd folk mountain.

Words by Clive K Hammond

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