One of the best things about being a follower of Australian country music is the consistently very high standard of releases. One of the truly amazing things is that so many of these are independent releases, often made possible by crowd funding. Brisbane singer-songwriter Megan Cooper’s Ghosts, Choirs & Kings is one such crowd-funded album of a very high standard.
Cooper is clearly knowledgeable about, and mindful of, the traditions and heritage of American and Australian country music. While her lyrics seem personal – and contemporary – Cooper wouldn’t sound out of place sharing a stage with Patsy Cline or, indeed, fronting a big band. Her precise soprano voice suggests professional training, and it is sweet at the same time. She is also a very handy whistler …
Cooper’s voice perfectly suits her songs, which often draw on old-time country music but could not be classified as ‘old-timey’. ‘Texas’ is a modern torch song; ‘Loser’s Game’ is a lover’s lament on the lonesome trail; ‘Jailsong’ and ‘Floodsong’ have simple titles but rich stories to tell.
Ghosts, Choirs & Kings is an eclectic collecton of twelve original songs and one cover (‘All Through the Night’) which reminds me not only why Australian country music has such strength as a genre and a collective of artists, but also why I became a fan of it in the first place: because it makes me happy, just as this album does.
Ghosts, Choirs & Kings is out now.
You can find Megan on Facebook at /megancoopermusic and on Twitter @twanglassy.