Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Sofia K, co-host of 90.TEEN on KEXP, is "Beware of the Dogs" by Stella Donnelly, from the 2019 album Beware of the Dogs on Secretly Canadian.


 
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Following the breakout success of her debut EP Thrush Metal, Australian artist Stella Donnelly knew she wanted to use her first full-length, Beware of the Dogs, to address larger issues in the world. "My generation had this 'enough is enough' kind of feeling and a lot of the women I was working with were finding their ways of expressing that," she told Under the Radar last year. "Whether it was my friends who were artists, or in punk bands, or were poets, it just felt like I was part of a community that was speaking out at that moment."

With the title track of the album, Donnelly sums it up, telling DIY Magazine

This song is about the historic and continuing racism that flows through the Australian media and government. As a white Australian I am extremely privileged to have the platform that I do and whilst I occupy this space that in my opinion is far too often occupied by white people, I am going to use it to speak up.

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