Sumner hail from the native woodlands of Lutruwita country (Tasmania). As a duo, Chloe and Jack explore themes of power, intimacy and isolation with earnest and unique perspectives from the cold climate environment. From an intense period of hibernation, reflection and creative growth allowed for a rebirth of the project. This resulted in 'Stranded', co-written and produced by Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes (PNAU, Empire of the Sun); a ballad to a former self, a farewell to what was, signifying the move forward. ‘Stranded’’ is the first of a string of singles co-written and produced by PNAU, as Sumner become the newest signing to Lab78, a label founded by PNAU and etcetc.
Tasmanian alternative electronic duo, Sumner (Chloe Wilson & Jack McLaine) have “developed a keen grasp of brooding, addictive melody” – (Mixdown Magazine). With their blend of detailed electronic production, rich acoustic sounds and honest lyrics, Sumner’s compelling songwriting continues to captivate a growing audience.
Sumner caught the attention of the music world in 2018 releasing their debut single ‘Pictures’ and EP ‘All That I Am’; with their calming, dexterous production and songs being compared to the likes of Frank Ocean and Lorde. Since the release, Sumner were awarded the 2018 Josh Pyke Partnership Grant and selected to showcase at Big Sound and EMC (Electronic Music Conference). In late-2018, Sumner independently released the self-produced single ‘Put It Out’ which received spot play on Triple J and a feature artist slot on Unearthed.
The collection of songs is perfectly unique and completed self-assured, not only rare for such a young project – it’s precisely what makes them special. Triple J supported the release with a radio premiere; ‘45 Roses’ was added to the Triple J Unearthed Podcast and featured in Unearthed Top 5.
“Chloe and Jack have officially levelled up! This is one almighty bop.” – Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J Unearthed 2019)
Recently having supported the acclaimed Vera Blue, Montaigne, Slowly Slowly and performing at Party In the Paddock Festival and Falls Festival; Sumner are fast developing their live show which has been described as warm, vulnerable and addictive, leaving audiences wanting more.