Stella Donnelly Beware Of The DogsOn her debut Beware Of The Dogs, Western Australian musician Stella Donnelly has created an album that is delicate and devastating, witty and wistful, confident and consummate.

Donnelly’s masterful lyricism is ever-present in lead single Old Man and matched in the finger-plucked Boys Will Be Boys, the only track that has been carried over from her breakout 2017 EP Thrush Metal. The track remains as telling as ever – a snarling reminder of the patriarchy-crushing prowess that Donnelly possesses.

Haunting moments litter the record when it’s just a girl and her guitar – U Owe Me and album closer Face It in particular – but the backing band is a welcome additional layer to her world – Tricks and Seasons Greetings see them at their quirky, indie-folk best. Bold and beautiful, Donnelly sheds a light on the heavy topics many (most) fear talking about. If you find the content abrasive, good – that’s exactly what it is meant to be.

Beware Of The Dogs is out March 8 via Secretly Canadian.

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