Blue Skye in a daily battle to deal with making music in a pandemic

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It’s a tough week to put out an album. Alice Skye has been frank about it on social media, reflecting that she’s “online browsing for wine” instead of going out and celebrating with her band.

She misses touring so much that she’s started having dreams about one of her least favourite things: waiting for oversized baggage at the airport. Plus her relationship ended a few weeks ago on the steps of H&M, she shared on Twitter.

But she’s finding solace in friendships and treasured memories: such as the moment four months ago, sans keyboard or guitar, she shared a stage with Midnight Oil in front of 13,000 people.

Alice Skye’s second album is out now.

Alice Skye’s second album is out now.Credit:Michelle Grace Hunder

The outdoor show in Mt Duneed on the outskirts of Geelong was among several that Skye played as part of the Oils’ national Makarrata Live tour (her own shows scheduled around the release of her new album this week have been postponed).

“It was really fun and such big crowds,” Skye said. “I remember having lots of moments of feeling like, ‘I love live music so much’, and those shows were a good reminder.

“As the night got later and they played their big hits, watching crowds of people absolutely belt out Power and the Passion and Blue Sky Mine, everyone soaking in the fact they were there, in a crowd, really added to the atmosphere of the show.”

Three years earlier the proud Wergaia woman from Horsham released debut album Friends With Feelings – the same year Skye won the emerging artist award at the Australian Women in Music Awards. Last year she picked up a couple of nominations in the Music Victoria Awards and was also nominated at the National Indigenous Music Awards for the title track off her new album.

Now second long player I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good is here, proving why Midnight Oil wanted her on stage with them and in the studio for their most recent release, The Makarrata Project.

“I didn’t listen to it [her own new album] for a long time when we finished it and only just listened back recently and I am really happy, to arrive at this point,” Skye said. “So much has happened in between.”