STELLA DONNELLY didn’t mean for any of this to happen.
In early 2017, the then 24-year-old had no idea how big her year was going to be. She was playing in a handful of Perth and Fremantle-based bands with a rotating cast of mates, including Bells Rapids,
She’d released just one solo track: a minute-and-a-half of dewy-eyed harmony called ‘Michaelangelo Sky’, uploaded to Soundcloud and tagged “Ambient”. She was working on an EP of songs that were just her and an acoustic guitar: a wistful, bluesy kiss-off, a seething inner monologue of a hospo worker losing her patience, a delicate folk song about victim-blaming.