EXCLUSIVE: Watch The ‘Uncensored’ Melody Moko Clip Banned In The US

15 February 2023 | 9:53 am | Staff Writer

'Suburban Dream' is out this Friday!

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Jesus Year is the second single from Melody Moko's upcoming album Suburban Dream.

Produced by Neilson Hubbard, Michael Moko, Melody Moko, Dylan Alldredge and Juan Solorzano, Jesus Year is equal parts hopeless and hopeful, when you hit rock bottom, the resulting rebirth brings with it renewed hope and this song was written to celebrate both the upward trajectory and honour the trials and tears it took to make it there.

Jesus Year came about from a concept my manager (Kaz Waters) wanted me to embody. A Jesus year is your 33rd year, a year where you are reborn in some sense,” Melody says. “I felt that after suffering badly with Post Natal Depression after the birth of my 3rd child, I had recovered as a “better” person than I had been going into it. This song celebrates the idea that out of adversity comes triumph.”

The uncensored music video – which premieres today exclusively on Countrytown – was produced and directed by Jazmyn, and subsequently banned in the US. Watch the video below!

Melding contemporary and edgy lyrical content with finely finessed Americana production, Suburban Dream is an exploration of life as a wife in suburbia with Melody putting her life under a microscope, magnifying the struggles and joys she’s experienced over the past two years.

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Melody says, “Suburban Dream was born from darkness and depression, the record is a diary entry into what it looks like to hit rock bottom and documents both the downfall and the recovery, it’s equal parts hopeful and hopeless.”

The album follows her wildly successful release, Two Kids and A Radio, which saw Melody bring home a QMA Award, a Golden Guitar Award and a nomination for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. She described Two Kids and A Radio as “the MA version, the indie film, the nude scenes, the gross things and the stuff that makes listeners uncomfortable but needs to be said.”

Born and raised in Adelaide, Melody knew early on that she “wanted to sing like Linda Ronstadt and write songs like Bob Dylan.” With the encouragement from her father, she began travelling around Australia, playing her songs, and winning songwriting awards in her early teens. She later went to the US, where she performed at iconic country music venues such as Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe, The Continental Club in Austin and Hank William’s favourite hangout, Tootsies. 

In 2017, she released her debut album The Wreckage, co-produced by Michael Moko and award-winning songwriter Catherine Britt. The album earned her a CMC ‘New Artist’ nomination, and saw her play shows with Fanny Lumsden, The McClymonts and Britt.


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