Premiere: Zac Henderson channels relatable Paul Kelly-like storytelling on new track, ‘Stonewash’

Premiere: Zac Henderson channels relatable Paul Kelly-like storytelling on new track, ‘Stonewash’

Words by Tom Parker

The emerging Tasmanian songwriter has a new track.

Zac Henderson is a Tasmanian talent on the rise. He toured Europe off the back of his debut EP in 2016, supporting the likes of Neil Finn, Thirsty Merc and Dan Sultan. With a new album on the way, Henderson has just lifted the lid on a new single and accompanying film clip.

‘Stonewash’ comes off the back of ‘I Haven’t Seen You in a Week’, the forthcoming LP’s lead single released in April. The track is strewn with catchy folk guitar hooks, joyous piano and magnetic harmonica bridges. But the real charm of the track is Henderson’s voice – lyrically, he’s a natural storyteller but his wit and approachability comes across in his conversational falsetto.

With its rural charm, ‘Stonewash’ celebrates Henderson’s storytelling knack with a tale of lost friendship. Like a pair of stonewashed jeans, relationships can fade and it’s not worth holding on for too long.

Stonewash better days/garden lazing, laughing, talking/walking to the corner shop/seeing what you can both scrape together with your pocket change,” Henderson sings whimsically. I think we can all remember the days of milk bar adventures, cheekily buying lolly bags and flavoured milk on the way home from school.

Henderson’s forthcoming album, Lay The Stones, was recorded in 2019 with producer Greg J Walker (The Whitlams, C.W. Stoneking, Paul Kelly) alongside a group of Tasmanian musicians. Bearing ten tracks, the record carries all the wittiness and humour Henderson is becoming known for – it’s fantastic to see another talented troubadour coming through the ranks.

Check out the film clip for ‘Stonewash’ below:

Zac Henderson’s new single ‘Stonewash’ and accompanying film clip are out tomorrow. For more on Henderson, head to his Facebook page or check out his Bandcamp

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