NEWCASTLE pop-grunge artist Fritz, aka Tilly Murphy, describes her forthcoming album as "cheery but upsetting."
"I see my songs as colours and I thought Pastel was a good name because pastel colours are bright, but faded," Murphy said.
"It suits the album well because they're sad songs that sound happy."
Pastel will be released on February 12 and is one of the most anticipated local releases of 2021.
Fritz was 17 and in year 12 at St Francis Xavier's College when she introduced herself in 2017 by releasing her lo-fi self-titled debut album that was recorded in her bedroom on music production app GarageBand.
Since then Fritz's music has rapidly expanded.
The 21-year-old has recorded a series of singles - Arrow, Jan 1, Ghost Poke, Summer Holiday and Biggest Fool In The World - with producer Fraser Marshall at his New Lambton home studio and received significant airplay on triple j and toured nationally.
Arrow, Jan 1 and Ghost Poke will also feature on the nine-track Pastel, along with new single Die Happily, which was released on Wednesday.
Die Happily was initially written when Murphy was 16, but has morphed from a jangly pop song into a textured dream-pop track.
"It's about spending time with good friends and feeling very wholesome and good memories," Murphy said. "It's just about growing up and having these feelings of attachment to certain memories."