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As they continue to unveil a deeper insight into their next full collection of music, Sydney’s Loretta give fans another taste: this time in new track ‘when i saw u’.

Following on from some stellar releases in 2021 with ‘Late Night’ and ‘Bad Luck’, the trio demonstrate consistency and depth when it comes to their songwriting and elevated approach to producing music with ‘when i saw u’.

Loretta have become known for indie music interwoven with alt-pop tones that can oscillate easily between the brighter glimmering modes of The 1975 and the driving pop stylings of acts like LANYNo Rome and The Neighborhood. With a song like ‘when i saw u’, Loretta remains in a space focused on love and the nuances of relationships, yet here they dive deeper on themes of acceptance and self-realisation.

Says vocalist and songwriter Ellis Hall of the band’s new single, “‘when i saw u’ is a chapter on acceptance and forgetting what made you feel so lost in the past. It’s basically about how there’s no substitute for physically being in the same room with somebody – the moment when all of the fights and misinterpreted texts fall away at the sight of the person you love.”

The vibe for the ‘when i saw u’ music video came together with videographer and director Chris Lanzon at the helm. Filming took place in Artarmon, with the crew kept to the band’s friends. The shoot was tight, the energy replicating the carefree nature of the song.

“We wanted to really capture the feeling of music with this video. We got together with Chris [Lanzon] and came up with the idea for the video pretty quickly, drawing themes from the song and some external references to help capture something really meaningful. The process was also really enjoyable, had a bunch of our friends there, the energy was really high and once we had everyone’s roles and parts down, we got it all done in a few takes.”

Constant lockdowns have brought Loretta closer together as a group and the process of making ‘when i saw u’ was one the band is proud of. Recording the track at Nico Scali’s (keys/guitar) house, before being mixed by Nicolas Mendoza and mastered by Jamie ‘Chunkyluv’ Muscat, Loretta caught the vibe real quick once the demo came together.

Polishing the session off with Melbourne-based writer Sidney Rose, ‘when i saw u’ is one of Loretta’s most personal efforts to date.

“The process of making the song was really meaningful. Max and Nico put together a demo that captured a vibe I was really relating to at the time. I had a melody pretty much immediately and sent it back and that was it. It came together really fast and felt like it really meant something.”
Ellis Hall, Loretta


“This is such a great slice of emotional, comforting pop that fans of Jack Gray and Pinkish Blu would like.”
Triple J, Declan Byrne

“My heart eyes are big for this track! Gleaming synth pop rock that lifts off and your voice Ellis sounds like gold. Love this.”
Triple J, Claire Mooney

“…their latest track is one for the ages, with ‘Late Night’ feeling like the enduring sort of hit that will soundtrack many titular evenings.”


Thursday, 2nd December The Lansdowne Hotel Sydney
Guests TBA

 ‘when i saw u’ is out now.
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