Emily Wurramara has shared a new single, ‘Cruisin”, the lead release from her forthcoming second studio album.
According to Wurramara, the ballad is dedicated to the singer’s late godbrother, Dion, who died in a car accident. An accompanying music video, filmed in Brisbane, features Wurramara spending time with friends and family.
Watch the clip for ‘Cruisin” below:
In a statement, Wurramara explained she wrote the song two weeks prior to Dion’s passing, describing him as “the only big brother I came to know in Meanjiin” (Brisbane).
“I had no idea why I wrote it at the time; I was feeling trapped, isolated. I just wanted to cruise to a place that made me happy,” she said.
“On the same day he passed I was performing at a festival in Queensland, it was one of the hardest shows I’ve ever done. I had Dion’s photo next to me whilst I sang.
“‘Cruisin” is a universal word that also means ‘going somewhere’. It’s something we absolutely loved doing together, it’s something that Dion loved doing.”
Wurramara’s currently-untitled forthcoming album will be a follow-up to her 2018 debut, ‘Milyakburra’. The record earned her an ARIA nomination for Best Blues and Roots Album, as well as the AIR Award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album.