Little Wise is the moniker of Melbourne Folk-Roots and Alt-Country songwriter Sophie Klein. True to her name, this songbird is small in stature, yet shares her wisdom with adoring audiences through masterful storytelling and soul-baring lyrics.
She first picked up a guitar at the age of thirteen and, inspired by independent performers like The Waifs and Ani Difranco, began writing and performing her original songs with a dream of travelling across Australia in a tour van. In 2013 she made it happen, and continues to live the dream as she journeys across the country, building a grass roots fan-base through her honest lyrics and her homage to the great musical road trippers before her.
Silver Birch, the debut full-length album from Little Wise, was released in November 2016 and has been heralded as “sweetly emotive and unmistakably thoughtful” (Happy Magazine). This collection of exquisitely crafted songs explores Klein’s story in a deeply personal and honest way, telling of grief, relationships and self-discovery. Her conversational lyrics are reminiscent of classic country, emanating a respect and longing for the past, while a delicate blend of classic drumming and smooth atmospheric electric guitar reflect her own unique spin on the music that shaped her.
The album was featured in the ‘Top 10 Albums Of The Week’ on Melbourne’s community radio stations PBS and RRR, charting in the AMRAP Community Radio Metro Charts, winning ‘Best Debut Release’ in the Rhythms Magazine Writers’ Poll and receiving national airplay on Triple J, ABC Radio National and Double J.