Sofia Machray: Milky Ways

April 9, 2021

After topping student radio charts in 2020 with her debut single “Handstands,” Sofia Machray returns with the release of her dreamy new single “Milky Ways.” 

Hailing from the hills of Arrowtown, the now Wellington-based musician began delving into the world of indie music from a young age. Having worked alongside New Zealand producer Robbie Pattinson, and mixer and engineer Lee Prebble (Dave Dobyn, The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots), “Milky Ways” indulges itself in shimmer summer sounds and acts as a fitting farewell to the warmer months.  

Building on her indie-pop roots, “Milky Ways” is a collection of swirling electric guitars, and an infectious pop vocal performance that will have you dancing in the daisies. Right from the opening note, Machray creates a dreamy, space-like ambience with the reverb-soaked guitar tracks that gradually build to the inherently catchy chorus. 

The instrumental has an upbeat feel to it despite the lyrical theme toying on the idea of toxicity within society and people. For Machray, “Milky Ways” was a “byproduct of being surrounded by toxic behaviour.” She explains that “Being surrounded by this kind of behaviour can be exhausting, I let it manifest for a long time, I often dealt with my feelings of anger by turning it into art.” “Milky Ways” is a self-help, self-empowering catchy little track that reminds us to embrace our inner feelings and not be afraid to express them. 

Sofia Machray has released another incredibly strong single that begs the listener to turn the volume up and dance under the milky way; and in doing so has solidified herself as a tactful, femme-led outfit in the forefront of New Zealand’s alternative indie scene. 

You can listen to the single here.