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Empowered songwriter Reilly Stapleton has today announced her enthralling new single Impulse, an unsettling, eclectic rock ballad about the fine line between our morals and our devilish impulses, out October 31. 

The intriguingly dark song is accompanied by a brilliant, slasher-style clip, directed by Michael Sadler (Teenage Dads). To celebrate the release, Reilly Stapleton will be playing a residency at God’s Kitchen in Mornington on the first Tuesday of every month until the end of the year, and an exclusive one-off show at Grace Darling show in Melbourne on November 1.

“Is it bad? I’ve gone mad, smashed the bottle I had in my hand,”


Impulse explores the darker side of the human psyche, leaving no stone unturned.  Reilly’s powerful vocals take centre stage, as guitars scream and synths swirl around her.  ‘Is it bad? I’ve gone mad, smashed the bottle I had in my hand,”Reilly expresses her deepest, darkest thoughts, in the perfect amalgamation of lyricism, vocal delivery and instrumental arrangement. 

Impulse is reflective of the constant battle between our negative impulsions and our inner consciousness that provides you with a positive moral compass” explains Reilly. “The song uses violence, anger and control to convey this unavoidable conflict. When somebody has a short tolerance of anger they can withstand, it is generally our consciousness that holds us back from lashing out.” 


The clip for Impulse is appropriately creepy and unsettling – the perfect accompaniment to this ghostly track. The video centres in on a whimsical tea party that has gone completely wrong, as the main character finds herself picturing the grisly deaths of her fellow tea party attendees. 

Speaking on the concept behind the haunting clip, Reilly explains, “The protagonist struggles with maintaining self-control when it comes to the loud and obnoxious guests, so she begins to imagine the ways the guests could be murdered and her mind can once again be at ease. 

The guests become more irritating as the event goes on and she becomes quite irrational and exasperated…on her final murder spree, it seems she may have gone too far – the audience will be left wondering if her impulse did take control.”

Reilly Stapleton will be celebrating all things Impulse with some intimate live performances, beginning with a residency at God’s Kitchen in Mornington on the first Tuesday of every month until the end of 2019, alongside an exclusive headline show at Grace Darling in Melbourne on November 1. This young powerhouse’s vocal prowess is a force to be reckoned with and paired with her humble, welcoming stage presence, she is an impressive live act. 

Reilly Stapleton for Around The Sound (Top 5 songs of 2019)

“I honestly can’t pick favourites! It’s so hard, but I’ll give you an insight into what I’ve had on repeat this year. 

1. Mariners Apartment Complex – Lana Del Ray. 

This is definitely one of my go-to car pool karaoke songs. Such a powerful ballad. I’m a sucker for some good lyrics and Lana del Ray provides some of the best. 

2. I Know – King Princess (Ft. Fiona Apple) 

These two on a track together…. UH YES PLEASE! The slow sultry melody mixed with the beautiful voices, such a peaceful lovely listen. This song never gets skipped on Spotify. 

3. Original Me – Yungblud (Ft. Dan Reynolds of imagine dragons) 

I know this is kind of a recent one but it’s made its way to the top of my playlists pretty quickly! I can’t help myself but sing along to this one. Everything in this song is loud and all over the place, but it works SO PERFECTLY! 

4. Teeth – 5 seconds of Summer 

Don’t even get me started of a solid bass hook, they’re addictive!! These guys are killing it and this song is always blasted in the car. 

5. Glad He’s Gone – Tove Lo 

I don’t know what it is about this song, I just really like it and could not stop listening to it! Not to mention it’s got an amazing video clip that goes with it… genius!

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