Feature: Siobhan Cotchin – Do You Know What I Mean?

The latest release by West Australian alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin feels like a poignant take on the beginning of 2020. Even though it was written a year prior.

On the back of the success of her debut single ‘Tear Myself Apart’, Cotchin’s newest single ‘Do You Know What I Mean?’ is an effortlessly relatable tale about the melancholy of stagnation and change, making it very much an anthem for the strange times we find ourselves in.

Cotchin’s lyrics sing a conversation that we’ve all had with ourselves or others, an honest telling of the trough before a turning point. Lyrics like, “it’s not that I’ve been busy, I just I can’t seem to get out of my own head” and “I’ve been so uninspired lately, and just can’t feel a thing”. Or, the most resonant “I need a change of scenery, ‘cause all these empty faces looking back at me”. As it turns out, we very much do know what she means.

You’ll be forgiven for thinking Siobhan Cotchin is well beyond her 20-years of age. Making her mark on the Perth music scene, Siobhan’s live sets have quickly gained momentum, supporting Robert Forster (Go-Betweens), Spacey Jane, Carla Geneve, Abbe May and The Kill Devil Hills. With a writing style that echoes the effortless musing of Lucinda Williams, laced with inspiration drawn from Bob Dylan, Siobhan’s jangly luminous melodies hover over storytelling lyrics as she pulls the listener into a world of introspective self-discovery. A world that’s all her own.

Her heart-hitting writing has already resulted in many accolades including West Australian Music Assoc. (WAM) Song of the Year nominee; Winner of Fairbridge & Nannup Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Award, and song of the year with local youth radio station ‘Pirate FM’; Siobhan is an artist to watch.

‘Do You Know What I Mean?’ was Recorded at RADA studios, in Perth W.A.

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