Like the best of them, singer-songwriter, Ali Barter was a classically trained choir girl turned rambler and ‘rat bag’. The darker end of the street beckoned and women like Karen O and Juliana Hatfield called her in; youth didn’t really suit, but she had something to say. Initially collaborating with friends and strangers, Ali found her musical soul mate in Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) and the pair have recorded and toured together since. Somehow, the combination resulted in Barter finding confidence in her direction, trusting her voice, and discovering the will to carry it live. She gathered musicians who could flesh out the songs she was building. They played pub residencies, regional tours and supported the likes of The War On Drugs, The Jezabels and City Calm Down as well as performing at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Beyond The Valley. Having just finished recording her debut album, early February will see the release of a new single, to follow up last year’s ‘Girlie Bits’ which just landed in the recent Triple J Hottest 100 at number 58.