With her lilting, transcendental art-folk Bonniesongs, aka Bonnie Stewart, purveys a captivating emotive and atmospheric depth. Her songs hold a striking narrative potency augmented by Stewart’s unique, enchanting vocals. With her debut album Energetic Mind coming out in September on the ever-wonderful Small Pond Records we had the pleasure of catching up with Bonniesongs and getting to know a little more about her.

On her latest single ‘Frank’ the Australia-based Irish artist draws on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus and crafts suitably eerie and sublime intonations that build toward a flurry of growling, reverberant guitar lines. Showcasing a darker, somewhat heavier side to her sound, yet still with an ethereal dreaminess, this is something particularly tangible throughout her newer tracks with previous single ‘Ice Cream’ also purveying this sonic atmosphere.

Ahead of her debut album Energetic Mind coming out this September on Small Pond Records, and a string of UK dates with fellow Small Pond signee Natalie Evans, get to know a little more about Bonniesongs right here.
Three words to describe my music…
Ethereal, grungy, hypnotic
 
Last photo on your phone…
It’s actually a photo of my friend Laura dressed in a suit made of rubbish! Haha… We’re in a band called Prophets where we wear masks and dress up. This suit is a new costume!
Favourite instagram account… 
Hmm… I like a good balance of linen crafts, music, aesthetically pleasing layouts, puppies and cat related things, but maybe my fav is @Nick_Mckk because his photos have such a cohesive beautiful colour scheme and he is often posting pictures of other musicians I love too. Nick also happened to film my music videos for Ice Cream and Frank. Oh I also just found @Nathanwpylestrangeplanet which is full of extremely funny alien anecdotes!
 
The best venue I’ve played… 
My favourite gigs to play have always been house shows. I used to live in an “almost” squat 1950s bungalow with 6 others and we would have raging house parties and play there in our punk bands. That’s still my favourite.
Earliest song you remember… 
I’m diggin’ deep into my early memory sound world and coming out with a strange mix of American Pie, the Auld Triangle and We’re All Goin to the Zoo Tomorrow!?
 
The worst job I’ve ever had… 
I don’t know if the job was the worst, but I definitely wasn’t the right person for it! I was sort of a very under qualified carer/receptionist at a laser eye surgery. I wore scrubs, cleaned peoples eyes, told them calming things, and gave mostly false info over the phone… /: the patients would presume I was studying optometry when I was in fact studying jazz drums!
 
Favourite food on tour… 
In Australia, being on tour usually means hours and hours in a car. Go-to car snacks include chips and grapes, and hummus if I’m prepared. Favourite food to find, if I’m lucky, is probably Japanese. It’s clean, fresh and settling.
 
My Favourite word… 
Turtle – no one can say it quite like an Irish accent.
 
Things that cheer me up 
The number one thing to cheer most people up – tea! Specifically green or a good soy chai. Also a swim in the sea and a hang with friends.
I think you should listen to… 
Angelo De Augustine’s album Tomb. I was looking for it for ages and finally found it on vinyl in a small Brisbane store. It’s very nice, sad yet uplifting.
 
If I could see anyone play live it would be… 
Transport me to the 80s/90s and I would like to see Nirvana, and also Talking heads!
Catch Bonniesongs at The Islington on September 19th with Natalie Evans, tickets here.