Lakyn Heperi - Better Than That

As I was living abroad when the first season of The Voice (Australia), I missed out on the hype surrounding talented 21-year-old Melbournian Lakyn Heperi. While I was apprehensive, given Heperi’s reality-talent-show beginnings, I reminded myself that Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell started their careers in the same way, and tried to approach Heperi’s debut EP Better Than That with an open mind. Plus, you know, he’s pretty dang cute.

The EP is a mostly-acoustic affair, centred around Heperi’s voice and guitar. Heperi has only been playing guitar for about four years, but his skills when it comes to the instrument astound me. It’s beautiful. The EP opens with the upbeat ‘Don’t Tell Me’, in Heperi’s own words - “The track is about how people expect you to be a certain way or act how they think you act or say what they think you should say, but there is only one way to get the most out of life, that’s being yourself and acting on your instincts.” It’s a bold proclamation as this young artist attempts to forge his own path in the music industry, having been eliminated from The Voice during the quarter-final.

Heperi has a beautiful voice, showcased in particular in the song ‘With The Water’. He has an impressive vocal range, as this falsetto-led song shows, but it’s the rawness to his voice that appears occasionally when he sings in lower octaves that appeals most. Original songs ‘Better Than That’ and ‘Cold Winter’s Breeze’ showcase Heperi’s song-writing abilities, but surprisingly, it’s a cover song that is the best track on the EP; a stripped-back cover of ‘(I Just) Died in Your Arms’ by '80s rockers Cutting Crew. The version on Better Than That is simply stunning – Heperi has given the song depth and meaning I don’t feel with the original, and it’s hauntingly beautiful. Check out the video below.

I’m impressed with the first offering from Lakyn Heperi. He’s got a beautiful voice, and genuine musical and song writing talent. If you’re a fan of artists like Angus & Julia Stone, Whitley, and Fleet Foxes, give him a listen – let’s support real Aussie talent.

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