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Video premiere: ‘Drifting Too Far from Shore’ by Van Walker

VANW 20006Ahead of the release of his new album, Ghosting, on 28 August, Tasmanian singer-songwriter Van Walker released one outstanding single, ‘Spirit World’, then three singles at once: ‘Long Night’s Journey to Day’, ‘When You Were Mine’ and ‘Drifting Too Far From Shore’. The latter now has a video – which is having its premiere on this site today (below).

The song is about being literally and metaphysically unmoored, its lilting, almost hypnotic beat giving the listener a false sense of security when we really know that the protagonist is all at sea. Except it’s his very awareness that he’s out there which offers the promise of salvation: he just needs to make his way back to shore.

After releasing six albums between 2008 and 2010, these songs are the first released under Walker’s name in ten years. He’s been involved in plenty of other music in the meantime, including with bands The Livingstone Daisies and Goatpiss Gasoline. The four tracks already released from Ghosting promise an album that is lyrically rich and musically stirring. Walker is a songwriter of tremendous power as well as subtlety – ‘Drifting Too Far from Shore’ is proof of that.

 

 

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New singles: Emily Barker, Corey Legge, Michelle Little

[In an effort to keep up with the great singles being released every week, some ‘single releases’ posts will feature more than one artist. This is not because the artists don’t deserve their own posts – it’s simply a matter of trying to post more content in a timely fashion.]

Emily Barker – ‘The Woman Who Planted Trees’

Western Australia-born London resident Emily Barker is a highly accomplished musician who also happens to have a wonderful singing voice. While this is not a country music song, it’s too glorious to not include here. Barker’s next album, A Dark Murmuration of Words, will be released on 4 September.

www.emilybarker.com

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Corey Legge – ‘Fireball’

‘Fireball’ is the first single for talented Wollongong singer-songwriter Legge since his debut album, Driving Out of Eden, was released last year. His second album is due for release later this year.

www.coreylegge.com

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Michelle Little – ‘Nice to See You’

This is the first original release from singer-songwriter Michelle Little in
over a decade. A lovely, uplifting song in the western swing genre, it features fiddle from Luke Moller and pedal steel from Jy-Perry Banks, and was produced by Michael Carpenter at LoveHz Studios.

www.michellelittle.com.au

Single release: ‘Unlikely Believer’ by Gretta Ziller

unnamed-16Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller has a voice that makes you feel like she’s known you forever and is going to tell you secrets – she has the ability to really make the listener feel like they are right up next to her, and that the warmth in her voice is for you alone. She also sings with a sense of command that is reassuring for that same up-close listener: we can sit back and let her tell us a story.

These are abilities that Ziller has displayed across all her recorded material, including the 2014 EP Hell’s Half Acre and her 2017 album Queen of Boomtown, and which has contributed to her two Golden Guitar nominations, amongst other accolades. And it also appears on her new single, ‘Unlikely Believer’, which is her first release on ABC Music.

The song is about faith in love but, more broadly, in humanity. It is also, therefore, about resilience – the commitment to not giving up on that faith.

Says Ziller, ‘I wrote “Unlikely Believer” to remind myself that although I’ve been through a lot in life that it’s harder but so much more rewarding to keep believing in things, rather than dwelling on the hurt and hardship.’

Given her signing to ABC Music, hopefully the single heralds an album in the near future. Meanwhile, she’s released a video to accompany the song, filmed at the Westgarth Palais Cinemas in Northcote, Victoria, and featuring Ziller’s live band along with keyboardist Clint Wilson.

Apple Music | Spotify

grettaziller.com

Single release: ‘Leave Me Out to Dry’ by Riley Catherall

LMOTD SINGLE COVER FINALSince Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Catherall started releasing songs in 2018 he’s been incapable of putting a foot wrong. Catherall has a rich musical pedigree, with studies in classical and jazz, amongst other things, but part of his brilliance as an artist now is what he leaves out rather than what he puts in. He is a master of refinement and restraint, in his vocals and his songwriting, so that the meaning of his songs is clear to the listener, every time. In other words, if he’s telling us something, we know he means it.

Catherall’s latest release is ‘Leave Me Out to Dry’, a story of heartbreakingly gracious regret. It is a sequel, of sorts, to Catherall’s 2018 release ‘Watered Down Man’, which, says Catherall, ‘encapsulated a version of myself notoriously stumbling my way through Melbourne’s streets heralding a warning not to get too close. It’s a bit of a mantra for myself to ensure I’m not slipping back into the same state.’

The song was recorded in Melbourne by Damian Cafarella (of Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes) and will appear on Catherall’s album, which is set for release later this year.

 

Apple Music | Spotify

 

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Single release: ‘True Blue’ by Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee Akers & Dianna Corcoran

unnamed-15When it’s announced that Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee Akers and Dianna Corcoran are releasing a single together, that’s something that goes immediately to the ‘must-listen’ list. Each of these singer-songwriters has an established musical identity, none of them like each other, so they all bring something unique to a collaboration. And in this case they have collaborated on the beloved John Williamson song ‘True Blue’.

The four originally performed this as a ‘cover song challenge’ online during lockdown, 12 years since they toured together as Chic Frontier and 38 years after the song was originally released by Williamson. There were so many requests for them to record a studio version that they’ve now done just that, and the result is as wonderful as you’d expect. Each singer recorded her part separately and Corcoran mixed the track; the four also filmed their parts of the video separately.

But while they were isolated during the creation, they’re united in their message that the song points to something in the Australian spirit that has helped us press on since the awful start to the year and through the past few months. As Lawrence says, the song ‘really summed up the response from all Australians in these terribly dark times.’

Apple Music | Spotify

Single release: ‘Tell Me It’s Over’ by Scarlet’s Way

TMIO Cover ArtScarlet’s Way is a duo from Perth, WA, with members Katey Gabel on vocals and Shayne Savic on guitar. Their first single, ‘No Fire, No Flames’, was released in 2017 and reached #7 on the iTunes Country Charts. The two singles since, ‘Simple Life’ and ‘Let the Devil In’,  were CMC and radio favourites.

Their new single is ‘Tell Me It’s Over, a rock-infused country track that makes the most of Gabel’s  gutsy, passionate vocals and Savic’s virtuoso guitar playing. The band’s sound is arena sized – which makes sense considering they have played at a variety of festivals, including Tamworth, Nashville’s Americana Fest, and Gympie Music Muster, where they took out the Emerging Artist Showcase and performed on Main Stage in their first year in 2018. Recently the band was awarded Independent Group of the Year at the 2020 WA Country Music Awards’.

Once gigs are back in full swing, Perth punters should put them on the top of their list – and, hopefully, the rest of the country will be able to experience their sound live in due course.

Listen on:

Apple Music | Spotify

www.scarletswaymusic.com

Video premiere: ‘Honky Tonker’ by Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers

Carpenter Banks Bros 3‘Honky Tonker’ might be the first release from Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers (although very much not the first release from those artists on their own) but it sounds like the work of old friends who know exactly how to play and sing together to bring out the best in the song. Given the pedigrees of everyone involved – Carpenter is a singer-songwriter and multi-intrumentalist who also produces music for a variety of Australian acts, and it seems that there’s nothing with a steel string that The Banks Brothers, Jy-Perry and Zane, can’t master.

‘Honky Tonker’ is the first song of an album’s worth of material that the new band intends to release – and the video is having its premiere here today.

Says Carpenter, ‘The video was filmed at the tail of the COVID isolation period in Sydney and was the first time we’d gotten together in months. We were all clearly happy to see each other, and, as it was our debut video together, we kept the video simple and focused on the band members and our sartorial splendour!’

You don’t need to be a fan of traditional country music to appreciate the song – this is great music, and that always translates regardless of which genres an audience knows. Best of all, Carpenter and the Banks sound like they’re having a lot of fun together, and that is certainly evident in the video. So whether you’re after a high-quality musical experience or a pick-me-up, this song delivers all that and more.

www.facebook.com/michaelcarpenterandthebanksbrothers

 

Video premiere: ‘Mixed Bag’ by Innocent Eve

Innocent Eve - Mixed Bag-Single-iTunes-ArtInnocent Eve is a duo whose members are sisters Rachel and Bec Olsson, who grew up in a musical home on a farm in Central Queensland. Earlier this year they released the single ‘Viking’, which is also the title of their forthcoming album. The second single from the album is the delightful ‘Mixed Bag’, and its video is premiering on this site today.

The Olssons say the song was ‘born from observing how people make judgement and comments based on differences and stereotypes, whether it’s size, shape, religion, ethnicity, gender or whatever. We noticed children playing together and making friends with strangers while sitting in a sandpit, despite their differences, and we thought the world could use a little more of that. And since children were the inspiration, the concept of a mixed bag of lollies emerged – why can’t we love a mixed bag of people, accepting that differences can be good, sweet and beautiful things?’

The video makes the most of the central idea and was created by Duncan Toombs from The Filmery in Terrigal, NSW.

‘Filming with Duncan is always a treat,’ say the sisters, ‘it’s a creative explosion and always full of surprises. His ideas for the song were so exciting and they evolved along the way. Part of the clip was filmed last year, then it was finished during COVID-19, so he had to get really creative with some parts due to restrictions. In the end, he managed to capture the fun and cheeky side of this song, while holding onto the message of inclusion, love and diversity.’

COVID-19 wasn’t the only thing that changed the sisters’ year: their last tour was cut short after Bec was diagnosed with cancer. But they plan to play at the Wintermoon and Airlie Beach festivals later this year and in the meantime hope the message of the song will resonate with audiences. And, above all, ‘Be happy, love, be kind to one another, take risks and live a life you’ll be happy with. It may not always be pretty, but it’s about the relationships you have and pursuing your dreams and passions.’

www.innocenteve.com.au

Video premiere: ‘Ash & Dust’ by Blake Dantier

IMG_3163-EditAfter Sydney singer-songwriter Blake Dantier released his single ‘Ash & Dust’ in late April it was quickly added to ABC Country, Kix Country and Australian Country Radio, its heartfelt lyrics connecting with listeners around Australia. Of course, Dantier has not been able to go out and play to those listeners himself – and it would have seemed that making a video was also out of the question, but he found a way.

‘I wasn’t initially going do to a clip because of social restrictions,’ he says, ‘but we decided last minute to pull together a small crew. We had a general idea in mind about how the clip would look, but decided exactly what spots to shoot in on the day.’

The video was directed by Bruce Dawson and shot by Lawrence Lim – both from Tribal Apes – in and around their studio at Fox Studios in Sydney’s Moore Park. The video has its premiere on this website today.

Dantier appears alone in the clip but when a song has as much impact as this one does, no embellishment is required. There was, however, one downside to making the video.

‘I was really hanging out for some KFC but it took us all afternoon and night [to shoot the video],’ says Dantier. ‘We shot for so long that KFC wasn’t open by the time we got there.’

Given that gigs are still a while off – although Dantier and partner Cass Hopetoun recently played a drive-in gig in Sydney – this video will be the most direct interaction the audience can have with Dantier. And as it perfectly complements his wonderful song, it’s worth watching over and over again.

blakedantier.com.au

Single release: ‘A Face in a Long Line’ by Mitch Dean

MD-press6Melbourne singer-songwriter Mitch Dean released an EP, Suburban Speakeasy, in 2017 and his new album, Holding Back the Levee, will be released on 19 June. Recorded in Melbourne with producer Colin Leadbetter, it features Damian Cafarella (Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes) on drums and electric guitar, James Gillard (The Flood) on bass and backing vocals and Sam See on piano and organ.

The first single is ‘A Face in a Long Line’, which is a song about what happens when work dries up, and also about what work means. Dean delivers it lyrically straight and emotionally rich – that is, he knows how to tell a story and do it with meaning, and that’s no doubt because he has been developing skills over several years, through garage-rock band The Marzies and country rock band The Distance. The result is a beautifully crafted song – and, no doubt, a great album to come.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes

mitchdean.com.au