“Honey, I get restless…” As Liv Cartledge repeats this line, her voice lingers like smoke and the words hang with emotion. Her new single, Rogue Dog, marks a fitting return from the Melbourne indie folk songwriter, who first made her presence known after winning the Telstra Road To Discovery in 2015, and then introduced music fans to her velvety smooth debut EP Timber in 2017.

Two years on, Cartledge has now provided fans with a snapshot of her growth and determination as a songwriter and musician with her first release for 2019. Rogue Dog looks inward while shining with promise, as Cartledge gets introspective and paints a self-aware portrait of herself, ever-maturing and ever-evolving. Recorded in Melbourne alongside fellow musician James Seymour (FEELDS), Rogue Dog navigates territory of depression and personal turmoil. Cartledge says “this song is a reflection of getting a grip on depression, becoming somebody you don’t recognise and then coming out the other side reasonably okay. I’ve always tried to be fairly transparent in my songwriting and the story I’m trying to tell. This one is pretty personal.”

Cartledge has been serenading audiences since a young age. From her busking beginnings, to sold out shows of her own, the warmth that lies at the centre of her music is one that has grown with her musical talent. Rogue Dog is a portrait of a journey from insecurity back to personal strength, and marks the beginning of a bright new creative cycle for one of the country’s most exciting young songwriters.

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