Ces Hotbake, of Sydney, is a singer-songwriter who thinks vulnerability is funny, which is why she can’t write a song about the crushing monotony of substance abuse without putting a dick joke in it. While she’s better known for making people laugh on the internet, her musical offerings are a distinct, disparate facet of her compulsion to explain herself. In her latest single, "Eastlack," Hotbake beguiles the listener with a delicate blend of restraint and confession.
"Eastlack" opens with Ces’s usual backdrop of deliberate and considered piano, but this time she’s accentuated by subtle saxophone and percussion. Her voice, described by fans as “an old soul”, is presented gently adorned throughout the skeletal arrangement, to hypnotic effect.
Ces Hotbake is celebrated for her wicked sense of humor and her music serves as a canvas for evocative, introspective storytelling. "Eastlack" is out November 18, 2023.
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