Australian indie-pop singer Anna Smyrk is back with a feisty new single. I Don’t Want to Meet Your Mother, is Anna’s first new music since the celebrated release of The Hour Between Us EP in 2021.

To celebrate, Anna and her band, Alex Burkoy (Tinpan Orange), Holly Thomas (Quivers, Husky, Freya Josephine Hollick) and Loz Irwin Ray (Belly Savalas) will grace stages at the Woodford Folk Festival, Newstead Folk Festival, and Port Fairy Folk Festival alongside a couple of Victorian headline shows.

I Don’t Want to Meet Your Mother, now available via MGM, was recorded in Nashville with producers Jake Finch and Collin Pastore (Lucy Dacus) and is the perfect summer indie-pop anthem about the push/pull of young love and freedom and letting go.

“I wrote this song thinking back to my first relationships,” says Anna. “I grew up in a small town, but I had all these big dreams. I didn’t want to get tied down to any one person or place. So, I always kept a wall up, I didn’t want to accidentally find myself in too deep to get out.”

Anna Smyrk did not slow down during the global pandemic. She made the most of her downtime from live shows with the release of a collection of long-distance love songs, cementing her reputation as “a significant songwriter with an exceptional voice” (UK website Backseat Mafia).

Singles from the EP were added to rotation on Double J and MTV and described as ‘soul-stirring’ by Triple J. Picking up the pace on the live front again in 2022, the last 12 months were massive for Anna. She toured North America and Europe, playing official showcases at NXNE (Canada), Folk Alliance International (USA) and Live at Heart (Sweden).
Anna honed her songwriting craft with some of Australia’s finest songwriters and artists including Ainslie Wills and Alice Ivy. I Don’t Want to Meet Your Mother is a lively lighthearted start to a year of new music from the evolving sounds of Anna Smyrk.

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