Sumner are a duo I first came across all the way back in 2018 when Chloe and Jack released their single ‘Pictures‘, since then, Sumner went on to release Put It Out and Blame Myself, since then, Sumner took a little bit of a hiatus (aka self-hibernation and creative growth), but have come back with their best release yet in the form of ‘Stranded‘.
Working on this new single with Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes of PNAU and Empire of the Sun fame, Sumner has returned with a song that initially started as a 30 min rush of inspiration. “Chasing the bittersweet feeling in between melancholy and hope,” where inspirations for Jack of Sumner when creating the beat. “The first time we played it in the live set we were supporting PNAU at their show in Forth, Tasmania. They invited us to the studio in Sydney with them, and within a day we had reworked it into the song ‘Stranded’ as it exists today.”
Lyrically, Stranded is a letter to a former self – acknowledging that without that previous person you once were, you would never have arrived at your current form. “It’s easy to shy away from a former version of yourself that you’re not so proud of, but it’s crucial to acknowledge that existence and what it taught and prepared you for,” Chloe reveals. “Accept what was and carry yourself forward. See the beauty in all versions of yourself instead of abandoning the ones that no longer serve you.”
The visual aspect of the single features Chloe and Jack, themselves, as they run amuck amongst the stunning landscapes of the wild West Coast and Central Highlands of Tasmania on a handheld Super-8 camera. The camera was actually shipped by Nick Littlemore to Sumner after extensive discussions around filmmaking.
At this time in their career, Sumner has built intimacy to their music that makes you want to pay attention.