Album from ‘Dance Monkey’ star

Tones and I of Australia, the Dance Monkey hit-maker who releases her debut album on July 16. Picture by Giulia McGauran

……BY BILLY SUTER……

THE Australian hit-maker whose catchy Dance Monkey single has been declared as the most ‘Shazamed’ single of all time, and has officially became the third most streamed song of all time on Spotify (and the most streamed song ever by a female artist on the platform) is poised to release her debut album.

Tones And I, whose Dance Monkey official music video has surpassed 1.6 billion views on YouTubewhile the track haseclipsed six billion streams globally and earned four-times-platinum certification from the RIAA in the US, is releasing her debut collection on July 16.

Titled Welcome To The Madhouse, the album will contain a new single, Cloudy Day – currently available on all streaming platforms – and is said to be a deeply reflective and personal body of work for Tones and I, who wrote the entire album by herself and co-produced every song.

Originally from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I travelled to Byron Bay in early 2018 to take a chance at busking. On the first day she had crowds spilling onto the street. 

Tones And I quit her retail job and decided to make Byron her new home where she lived out of her van for a year, honing her songwriting and busking every weekend.

A year later, she had one of the biggest songs in the world with Dance Monkey

Tones And I commented on the significance of the 14-song Welcome To The Madhouse, explaining, “This album, for me, is very up and down and reflects the forever changing emotions in me. There are songs that were written before Dance Monkey, about not knowing if busking was right for me”.

She added: “There are songs about my good friend, T, passing away and not wanting to deal with those emotions. The ups and downs of life in lockdown and the mental challenges struggles.

“Some songs make me laugh and some make me cry, but there is no running theme or vibe to the album – the songs are unique to how I was feeling the day I wrote them.”

Regarding Cloudy Day, Tones And I elaborated on the single’s origins noting” “After my friend, T, passed away I was struggling to write any songs that were happy or that I even liked. I met up with a friend who told me this saying from his late mum – ‘on a cloudy day, look up into the sky and find the sun’. I knew I wanted to use that as a lyric and the next time I went into the studio I wrote Cloudy Day.”

According to a press release, Tones And I Initially laid the foundation for Welcome To The Madhouse last year with the release of Fly Away, a poetic composition which has amassed over 190 million streams with Tones And I delivering performances of the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She followed it up in 2021 with the release of Won’t Sleep, which arrived alongside a Tones And I-, Nick Kozakis- and Liam Kelly-directed music video continuing what has become a tradition of unexpected and unforgettable visuals. 

Both tracks reflected the inimitable idiosyncrasies of Tones And I’s signature style, highlighting her offbeat lyricism, unpredictable songcraft, and knack for a hook.

Having had to postpone her global tour in 2020 due to COVID-19, Tones And I will soon be announcing new US, European and UK headline dates. For more information visit www.tonesandi.com.


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