Listening to the debut effort from Sydney’s Dom Youdan, he makes this whole music thing seem easy – and, for him at least, maybe it is. Because, as an indie bedroom artist working a full-time job, he’s managed to put together his first five-track EP and score a UK record deal off his own back.

It’s not surprising, really, when you hear his swelling, emotive debut ‘Don’t Love Me’, which laments the lack of reciprocal love we’ve all felt harshly stung by at one point or another – or at least the illusion of it – while also telling the other side of the story.

“This song captures the whirlwind of an early relationship, but also highlights the insecurities we all feel,” Dom explains. “I worked with close friend and fiercely talented Bec Sandridge, to really represent a female’s perspective in the second verse. The sentiment needed to be unilateral and androgynous.”

This is the first we’ve heard from the fledgling artist, as he prepares for the release of his debut EP Tigerlily in September, and we’re looking forward to hearing what else he has up his sleeves for us.

Before then, he’ll be launching his first single on Wednesday July 19 at Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar, with Luke Davison (The Preatures) and Luke Liang (Japanese Wallpaper/Nicole Millar) in his live band.

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