Stevie Jean looks to her heritage in new single ‘Stress Me Out’

Connecting with her Cypriot roots

Northern Territory singer/songwriter Stevie Jean is back today (July 10) with a brand new single, ‘Stress Me Out’.

In a press statement, Jean was candid about the influence of her vices on the new release, and the calming rituals she has when things get a bit too much. “Whenever the world gets too much for me, I too turn to coffee and nicotine,” she said.

“Fight with someone you love? Coffee and a baby cigar. Tragedy strikes? Coffee and a baby cigar.”

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Listen to ‘Stress Me Out’ here.

These rituals, Jean explained, stem from her Cypriot roots and her observations of her father’s similar ritualistic behaviours.

“My father is the captain of a ship and for as long as I can remember when he gets lonely he blasts his favorite records in the wheelhouse and each morning, around 4AM, he has a moment to himself before the crew wakes up.”

“He stands on the balcony outside the wheelhouse and he has this ritual; a bitter black coffee, a cigarette and he stares out into the horizon… at that moment he’s paying homage to the homeland.”

“Like most things in my father’s culture, it’s also a celebration… it is balance. The caffeine reminds you that you are alive, the nicotine sends the world into slow motion. Absolutely atrocious for your health, but not a bad stress reliever.”

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Stevie Jean first made waves on the scene in 2018 when her song, ‘Hell In Every Religion’, was featured on triple j Unearthed. A collaboration with rapper Tasman Keith, ‘Prey’, landed just before her debut solo EP.

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