ASHWARYA – Can’t Relate

Photo / Brianna Da Silva

Melbourne-based pop innovator ASHWARYA returns with one of the boldest new releases of the week.

Eccentric, future-forward and experimental in tone, ‘Can’t Relate’ showcases this rising talent’s willingness to push the boundaries of pop in a way that feels fresh and exciting, while still maintaining some mainstream appeal.

“‘Can’t Relate’ was a song that came out of nowhere, which is what I think adds to its unpredictability. I’d just finished touring with The Rubens, and Sam, the legend, invited Stevan and I to come down to his studio in Thirroul, NSW, for a couple days. It reached a point in the session where Steve and I were creating in pure chaotic, unhinged frequencies (in a good way), which manifested itself into this track.”

I think at the core of it, the track speaks to a lot of the frustrations and the inner monologue of wanting to just dissociate from people who infantilise you. With all the crazy shit going on right now in the world (the list is endless) and the added anxieties through social media and the news, it’s got me questioning, ‘what the fuck is going on here?’ ‘Is this really happening?’ Hopefully, it resonates because I can’t seem to relate to a whole lot going on, especially now.”

To date, this genre-bending starlet has received critical acclaim from tastemakers like CLASH, NME, Complex, Dork and i-D. ASHWARYA will perform at BIGSOUND this month, and supports Dua Lipa in October (details below).


ASHWARYA Australia Live Dates 2022

  • Tuesday, September 6 – Prohibition – BIGSOUND, Brisbane
  • Thursday, September 8 – Ric’s Backyard – BIGSOUND, Brisbane
  • Sunday, October 30 – The Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC – An Exclusive Evening with Dua Lipa – The Melbourne Theatre Show (presented by the Victorian Government, ALWAYS LIVE & Live Nation) – with Sycco, Cat & Calmell