Tones And I is back with her first original new song of the year, an eerie cut titled ‘Won’t Sleep’.
Tones announced the forthcoming single on social media earlier this week, sharing a copy of the cover art which depicts the singer as some kind of ghoulish creature. It landed on streaming services today (May 14), laced with dark percussion, ghostly synths and echoing vocal effects.
The single’s accompanying music video, co-directed by Tones, Nick Kozakis and Liam Kelly, shows two kids stumbling into a haunted house filled with monsters, with the singer as their leader.
Watch the video for ‘Won’t Sleep’ below:
‘Won’t Sleep’ marks Tones And I’s first original release since 2020. Last year, the artist – real name Toni Watson – released a handful of singles including ‘Fly Away’, which was given a live performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
An alternate version of ‘Fly Away’ was released earlier this year, in tribute to her late friend who she refers to as ‘King T’.
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Tones And I is currently mid-way through a national tour, which was postponed twice from its initial run in May 2020. Kicking off last month in Melbourne, the tour also includes stops in Hobart, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.
Watson was the only artist to go home with two awards at the 2021 APRA Awards held last month, winning Most Performed Australian Work and Most Performed Pop Work, both for ‘Never Seen The Rain’.