Annie Bass’ debut single ‘While I’m Waiting’ has been a labour of love! While the track, all slow-burning and seductive, perfectly setting to melody the sting of sadness from unrequited affection, appears to be effortlessly communicating an emotion – Sydney based singer/songwriter Annabel Weston, and co-writer Matt Morrison have carefully taken their time getting here.

Annabel says: “Studying a Bachelor of Jazz Performance is where I met Matt [although it wasn’t until many years later we began writing together. After playing in various bands around Adelaide, it was no surprise I found Anth Went [Oisima], both regular players in the local music scene we instantly clicked in the studio.”

“This introspective song – ‘While I’m Waiting’ – was written during a time of headache and transition and it wasn’t until I finished it, that I realised I had been writing to myself.”

You may recognise Annabel’s voice from the 2015 track ‘Everything About Her’ (Remixed by Ta- Ku) and ‘Makes Me Feel Alright’ from Oisima’s debut LP ‘Nicaragua Nights’. Through this relationship she joined him on stages at Splendour In The Grass, Field Day, and Secret Garden.

Taken from her upcoming EP, expected for release later this year, Annie Bass perfected the ‘While I’m Waiting’ with production from Anth Wendt (Oisima), mixing by George Nicholas (one third of Seekae) and mastering by one of Australia’s most well known record producers Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote, Miami Horror, Japanese Wallpaper, Oscar Key Sung). The impressive first single from Annie Bass presents an exciting and fresh, feminine voice in Australia’s music scene – as well as the culmination of a collective of determined, and hardworking local artists.

Local tips: top five places to eat in Sydney

About Life, Surry Hills – Mostly vegan, mostly healthy, very nourishing. Will make you feel better after a weekend of cheap vodka and take away.

Ms G’s, Kings Cross – Definitely unique, definitely delicious very modern Asian fusion. It’s restaurant meets nightclub in red light district Kings Cross with one of the best and most bizarre menus in Sydney. Worth coming for the infamous ‘Stoners Delight ‘dessert alone.

Kawa, Surry Hills – This french style cafe is my daily go to. Often spotted writing nonsense in my diary over a large long black. 10/10 for people watching + avocado on rye + black coffee.

Nomad, Surry Hills – Because sometimes a girl has to put on a pair of heels and go out for a dinner she can’t afford. The best Aperol Spritz in Sydney and Cinnamon Doughnuts that will change your life.

Don Dons, Darlinghurst – A tucked away Japanese restaurant on Oxford St that fits about 20 people at capacity. The sashimi is always fresh and the edamame always salty, plus it’s about a 2 minute walk from arguably the best live music venue in Sydney (Oxford Art Factory) so it’s always full of rowdy pre show punters.

Local musician to watch out for

Marcus Whale is not a stranger to the Aus music scene releasing music as Collarbones, Black Vanilla and more; creating some of my favourite ever electronic music.

His solo project has been highly anticipated and I was definitely not disappointed. Besides having the most intense and captivating stage presence anyone I’ve seen, his bravery to create something unique and honest reminds me of my desire to create.

Released last month, his debut solo album ‘Inland Sea’ is a forward thinking, contemporary composition of Whales stunning vocals over sometimes shocking, sometimes sultry techno beats.