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PREMIERE: Bernardine I Don’t Mind weaves harrowingly beautiful folk

Autumn is well and truly in full swing, and for some reason folk music just seems to sound a little more welcoming as the days become shorter and the nights get colder. Thankfully we have artists like Bernardine punching out pretty little folk songs that evoke an illusion of warmth to keep us satisfied. The new single from Bernardine I Don’t Mind is a harrowingly beautiful track, earnest and cosy enough to keep all thoughts of wind and rain at bay.

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The new track from Perth folk singer Bernardine I Don’t Mind is an irresistibly comforting song. A harrowingly beautiful track to keep the cold at bay.

Bernardine is yet another brilliant artist to come from Perth, which is fast becoming a mammoth producer of Australian talent, enough to put the rest of the country to shame. She made her debut back in 2014 with her gorgeous single As Far As The Eye Can See, a track commissioned by Humanitarian Affairs UK for an international youth conference in Phnom Penh. Fittingly she followed up with her second single Diamond – A Song For Cambodia, as tribute to her involvements with social aid initiatives in the disaster prone Southeast Asian country. Her humanitarian work is perfectly paralleled by the style of music she makes; sincere acoustic folk tunes backed by an earthy and evocative vocal style.

I Don’t Mind is her third single, taken from her upcoming self-titled debut EP set for release later on in the year. It’s a beautiful track full of softly strummed acoustic guitar, warm drums and a harrowing violin that wraps around Bernardine’s pretty vocals. It’s the kind if track that is irresistibly comforting, produced to be as soft and inviting as the singer’s own voice. The lyrics are stark and contrast nicely against the soft swing of the strummed acoustic. “I don’t mind/If you bury me deep down” is repeated constantly throughout the four minutes, and you get the idea that there is something quite dark hidden beneath the lush folky façade.

Already Bernardine has had an impressive career, which has spanned only a few months. She played State of The Art Festival back in 2014 with bands like San Cisco, Eskimo Joe and Felicity Groom, and scored supports with Josh Pyke, Rodriguez and British India with another project called Fox Cat Rabbit. 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger with an EP due out in few months, and it feels like Bernardine is gearing up to join the illustrious ranks of Perth’s amazing musical exports. Be sure to keep an eye out in the future.

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