“HANDSOME crystallises another perfectly portioned slice of tomboy pop.” – The Line of Best Fit
HANDSOME is an artist crafting a mix of tomboy pop and brooding electronica, based in Sydney, Australia. The bold and new sounds announce a celebration of self-expression and carefree creativity, but is still accompanied by obsessive perfection. The name HANDSOME is a nod to her queer identity and is inspired by strong friendships, falling in love, kissing girls and defying people’s expectations of who they want you to be and celebrating who you want to be. Signing with Dot Dash / Remote Control in mid 2017, HANDSOME joins a unique family of artists such as Methyl Ethel, Banoffee, Total Giovanni and Sui Zhen.
HANDSOME introduced herself in late 2017 with her debut single ‘Late Night Ball Game (feat. Joyride)’, an indie queer anthem that struck a chord with many. Landing at a heavy moment for the queer community in Australia (around the 2017 Gay Marriage Plebiscite), the song extended a feeling of hope when people needed it most. The song soared past 100,000 plays in its first fortnight on Spotify, which indicated the songs impact worldwide.
HANDSOME followed up in early 2018 with her second single ‘Save Some Love’. Described by LNWY as “stunningly vulnerable” and Pilerats as “elegant, uplifting and jaw dropping”, the song was premiered on triple j and found itself championed by community radio across Australia, officially added to Double J, and spun on KEXP (Seattle). HANDSOME later joined forces with Kitsuné (France/Japan) to re-release ‘Save Some Love’ to a new audiences and territories.
In the midst of selling out headline shows and merchandise on the road, HANDSOME released her debut EP NO HAT NO PLAY on September 21st, 2018. Announcing the EP with the bright and vibey new single/ video ‘No Cowards’ (August 22nd), the EP landed with much anticipation. With incredible streaming support for a debut release, songs were featured on some of the biggest playlists worldwide, including New Music Friday’s in the US, AUS/NZ and in the UK.
2019 has seen HANDSOME build her team and continue her journey with the release of fresh new single ‘Delete You’, a sideways step from pop as only she can do. With innovative and forward thinking new music on the way, the only way is up.
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