Vinyl record album coverTwenty years ago, Missy Higgins was Unearthed by Triple J. Fearing that record companies would turn her into the next Britney Spears, she took some time out and went travelling.

Fifteen years later in 2016, Melbourne’s Gretta Ray was Unearthed, and, just like Higgins, she resisted the record company pressure and made her debut album in her own way, and in her own time. “We take the space we need,” she notes. “We built this thing from the ground up.”

The result is a classic debut, one of the year’s finest pop records, that sits comfortably alongside The Sound of White. Ray is conscious of the magic of making music, that it’s “bigger than me.” But she deserves all the success that’s headed her way. As she sings, “When you think like you dream, nothing’s an impossibility.”

Begin To Look Around by Gretta Ray is out Aug 27 – including on JB-exclusive coke bottle green vinyl, pictured above – via EMI.

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