It’s Hot In Australia: Washington

The small and far-away land of Australia is home to many talented artists who you probably haven’t heard of yet, but may soon – like right now! Here’s a new segment about the people and things that Australians like, that I think the rest of the world would like too.

Many Australians like musicians who are a little different, a little quirky. We tend to pass over glossy-looking and sounding pop artists in favour of those who have unique styles and/or alternative hairdos and who sound not overly similar to anyone else on the radio at that given time. There’s Sia, Sarah Blasko, The Grates, Missy Higgins and Empire of the Sun, to name a few. As a nation we’re fiercely supportive of homegrown indie artists as they claw their way to the top of mount mainstream- at least until they get there, at which point we’ve been known to turn on them like rabid dogs.

I want to introduce you to a recent recipient of Australia’s adoration, Washington.

Megan Washington is an Australian singer-songwriter who has enjoyed significant success via a killer debut album, I Believe You Liar, a couple of radio hits and the titles of Best Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist at the 2010 ARIA music awards. For many months it was near-impossible for Australians to listen to the radio, read a blog or watch the TV without being reminded that Washington had reached National Treasure status. However not many of us were complaining, ’cause everything Washington does is fun to listen to and look at. For example:


This is not the first time I’ve told you about Washington. But last year, when I suggested that you ‘get into’ her record, I didn’t realize that it hadn’t actually been released outside of Australia. Well that’s changed now! As of this week you can pick the album up at and other music retailers.

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Crystal has written 320 articles for us.


  1. Aaaah, such good news! I’ve been wanting that album since you first introduced us to her last year.

    That link right there on the page is an affiliate link, yes?

  2. Crystal thanks for trying to make the world a better place by advocating the awesomeness of Australians and Megan Washington. I saw her 4 times in 8 months…which is totally normal. I’m in the states now and she’s touring with OMD, everyone should go check her out. Everyone.

  3. When I try to play the 2nd vid it says “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.” (I’m in the US)

  4. The first time I heard of Washington was on an Autostraddle playlist, and then I just listened to “Cement” over and over again.

  5. YAY! I love the Grates and was so happy to see them mentioned here. I saw them three times in 2 weeks when they went to boston and then NY and back to Boston :) they’re awesome and super nice

  6. Is it me, or do the Aussies churn out a disproportionately large amount of seriously amazing music? Have I said this before? Probably.

    I mean, Sia, Missy Higgins, the Temper Trap, Angus & Julia Stone, Tame Impala, Birds of Tokyo, Buckley Ward, Miami Horror, Washington, Josh Pyke, Sia. I think I said Sia tiwce. I really like her.

    What do you put in your water and can I have some?

  7. Megan sure did get popular fast. She’s the hippest of the hip for hipsters.

    I can’t talk, I’m overly excited about the Seeker Lover Keeper show and They Will Have Their Way show.

    I’m going to take this time to also give The Jezabels some love:
    They’re touring the US in November!

  8. Kimbra is brilliant from New Zealand and Megan equally so originally from Papua New Guinia. Great to see support for these gorgeous ladies. We love to support the ladies here downunder!!Congratulations to Anna Skellen going hard in the UK.

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