Georgia June has returned with a scorching new single titled ‘Winter’, marking the “end of an era” as the Sydney indie pop artist transitions her eponymous project from a five-piece band to a solo effort.

In a statement shared on Instagram, June explained that ‘Winter’ explores themes of “unrequited and lost love”, and acts as a metaphorical “open door to a new realm after leaving something behind”. She also noted that former bandmates – guitarists Jack Johnston and Lewis Mosley, bassist Joe Plunkett and drummer James Spittaler – all “contributed a lot” to the song.

June went on to thank the quartet “for the unforgettable memories and friendships that I will always cherish” and assured fans that their split was amicable as she “feels[s] very lucky to have spent so much time around incredibly talented people”. However, she confirmed that her future releases would not feature the band, continuing, “I hope you’ll stay on the journey and be by my side as I explore a new direction.”

Listen to ‘Winter’ below:

‘Winter’ comes as June’s first release in more than two years, following the ‘Baby Blue’ EP in December 2020. Being the first long-form effort released under the Georgia June banner, this record – which featured singles such as. ‘Prove Myself’, ‘Try again’ and the title track – stands as the only one she released with her former band. Before that, they dropped the independent single ‘Pressure’ in 2018.

‘Winter’ also marks something of a comeback for June, who last year opened up about her turbulent relationship with music after being diagnosed with a condition that forced her to have voice surgery. She explained at the time: “The consensus was that my voice is not built to be used as often as I’d like, let alone sing for a career.

“I played a show at the Vanguard in July 2020, fearing it would be my last, and scheduled my surgery for three days later. This was followed by six weeks of silence, absolutely no sound allowed to be heard during recovery. It was emotional, confronting and utterly terrifying.”

In the statement shared last April, June admitted she “needed to learn to love music again” following her recovery. She continued: “I became apathetic, distant and spiraling into someone I didn’t recognize. I had to find love in other aspects of my life to try and piece together who I was. I wrote a lot of new music that left me at a fragile crossroads with my identity because I had never known myself without music as my touchstone.

“I still love music and performing and since the surgery I’ve been recovering and slowly rebuilding my confidence with some of the incredible shows I’ve played post-surgery. At the end of the day I just enjoy making people smile, which is both selfless and selfish. Selfish because the satisfaction I get from seeing a room full of smiling faces and knowing that I caused it completely fuels me.”

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