Dear Willow is a Sunshine Coast indie pop meets alternative rock project spearheaded by Em-J Dau and backed by Melinda Huurdeman, Callan Holstein and Sam Graham. Since 2012 Em-J has transformed Dear Willow from poet to a solo acoustic act and embraced her sound through a full band.
Through the evolution of her band building to a four piece, Em-J’s sophisticated lyrics and signature sound pairs with punchy guitars and solid groove. Think smooth riffs, double kicks and singing like a bird….
Following a build of releases from 2015 (“Father’s House”) and 2016 (“When It Burns”), 2018 has been the year of Dear Willow’s release of debut EP “Hold Yourself Down”. The first single “Hold” is a cautionary lament showcasing the alt-rock sound DW has been building to, whilst second single “I Was Young” explores tales from the past with indie pop flourishes.
Sounding as authentic on stage as in the studio, Dear Willow will be showcasing the debut EP in upcoming shows starting in SEQ this spring.
“One of those voices that is soft and slightly melancholic, yet has a ferocity to it.”
– The Point
“Dear Willow continues to step beyond the mark with her bold new single “Hold,” a moody piece of genre crossing rock pop showcasing her lilting girl-next-door vocals that burst with strength and power”
–Aussie Grown Radio