After years of preparation, one of Ballarat's best rising young musicians is set to release her second single following a hot start just prior to the pandemic hitting.
'The Island' is the second single for Lake Wendouree's Yohanna Bright, better known under the moniker of LASHES.
After receiving praise for her debut single 'Treason', which was released in March, Bright said the process of releasing her next project has been a strange one.
"This year has been so surreal... it feels almost dream-like," she said.
"I wanted to have everything recorded in a really cohesive manner so when I made the decision to start releasing music, I could get everything out there month to month. Obviously that hasn't happened."
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Bright had spent the past two years writing and recording music in Melbourne and Sydney, ultimately preparing to break onto the scene under the LASHES name.
She said it has been difficult to comprehend how unfortunate the timing has been for her, as the pandemic ostensibly put a road-block in front of her path.
"After 'Treason' dropped the plan was to start touring shows. It's been really frustrating... I have to play the waiting game now," she continued.
"It's great to see all the love coming through on a computer screen for the music I have put out and it's great to see people respond so positively to something I've spent so much time on, but it's so hard to have it all happening under the umbrella of COVID.
"I'm watching a few of my friends in Sydney start to play socially distant shows which is great for them but pretty difficult for me and a lot of other artists in Victoria."
Now back in Ballarat, Bright has kept herself busy during lockdown, using the time to continue writing and recording ideas in a makeshift studio in her parents home.
Moving forward, she said this time has made her even more excited to get onto the stage under the LASHES moniker.
"It's been pretty weird. I'm lucky enough to have a little studio set up at home, so I've been recording most of my demos here," she said.
"I'm trying to stay positive and use this time to rehearse and get a better understanding of what I want my live shows to be. This time off is just going to make it more special when I can actually get back on stage."
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