Growing up in a musically inclined household, Mathilde Anne had played classical violin for six years and taught herself to play the guitar and sing at 15. After finding singing enjoyable, Mathilde took the plunge earlier this year to begin singing lessons. It was during the first lesson that she was told “No – we’ll start recording instead”. Throughout the challenge of online learning during her final year at Frankston High School, the 17-year-old has also polished off her debut single, Playing Adult. Since its release in early August, she’s had more than 2500 plays on Spotify.
“I’d only ever sung around the kitchen table with a maximum of four friends,” said Mathilde, “so to reach that many plays so quickly was very unexpected. I was starstruck. Music is a massive part our family – Dad is a musician – but I never expected to be good at singing.”
From halfway through her Year 10 studies until the end of Year 11, Mathilde became the master of online learning well before the pandemic hit and forced most students to learn online. A personal lockdown was enforced after she fell very ill with glandular fever, only to be diagnosed with hepatitis, which prolonged her illness so much that she was receiving IV drips weekly during Year 11. It’s no surprise that Mathilde turned to music for some solace.
Music became her outlet while she was restricted from leaving the house. Sure enough, the guitar became her friend while song writing developed into a pastime. That’s when Playing Adult came to fruition, Mathilde grappling with becoming an adult while also not wanting to grow up yet. In the song she expresses how it feels to be approaching adulthood far too quickly and to be locked inside missing out on experiencing life – especially at such a pivotal age.
Mathilde has a couple of other original songs that were ready to be recorded before Stage 4 restrictions hit. To write all her own music, Mathilde draws from creating storylines and characters, and then writes songs based on those creations. She hopes to be back in the studio soon to finish recording her songs and sharing her music.
Her sound can be described as ethereal, minimalistic and haunting. It’s an eclectic masterpiece that draws its roots from indie, alternative, acoustic and pop styles. Playing Adult is an instant treasure that plucks at the emotions and evokes a sense of coming of age.
After Year 12, Mathilde plans to hold her first gig – COVID-19 restrictions pending – and help her father make a documentary about Aboriginal rights. The Mornington Peninsula singer, songwriter and musician hopes to inspire others to tell their stories and know that they are not alone.
“If you’re considering taking the plunge with singing, you should go for it,” said Mathilde. “Nothing bad can come from it as long as you’re having fun. Just pluck up the courage and go for it – I promise you it’s very fun!”
Be transfixed by her dreamy sound via Spotify, Triple J Unearthed or Apple Music, and make sure to follow her artistic journey on Instagram @mathilde_anne