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The Rock-itt : July 2011
Sydney singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos’ ability to combine surprising arrangements, her gorgeously delicate smoky voice and brilliant live performances have seen her compared to everyone from Gillian Welch, Cat Power and Beth Orton to eels and Cowboy Junkies. Catherine’s new album, GLORIOSA, produced by 5 time ARIA award winner Paul McKercher, and recorded for the first time with her full band, the Starry Night, will be out on An Ocean Awaits Records on July 8, 2011. “The Amazing”, the follow up full-length release to 2008’s “Gone”, again revealed Catherine Traicos’ versatile songwriting abilities and instinctive and imaginative arrangements. Critically lauded, “The Amazing” was selected as Album of the M onth in the M elbourne (Age) Magazine and Album of the Week on the Lost Highway Show, WMBR Boston. Born in Zimbabwe, the daughter of a Test cricketer and a painter, Catherine has lived in Perth, Sydney, Harare and London. She has worked in film and as a visual artist, but music has always been her anchor. She is a classically-trained pianist and a self-taught guitarist with influences ranging from Neil Young to Duke Ellington. Her songs explore ‘breakups and other sad things’ with a heartbreaking and whimsical honesty. Catherine has supported international acts including Mountain Goats, The Unthanks and Spiral Stairs, appeared on stage with M. Ward as well as played with some of Australia’s leading musicians: The Tigers; Charles Jenkins; Beachfield (Glenn Thompson from Go- Betweens/Custard); The Holy Sea; and Leroy Lee to name a few. the songstress herself. ‘Her lyrics are universal yet hauntingly fresh: intelligent and spunky, literary and unpretentious. Her voice is ethereal and fragile, yet has moments where it is so strong it can rip your guts out.’ - INPRESS MAGAZINE (Live review) Gloriosa available July 8 on An Ocean Awaits Records Catherine and the Starry Night will be touring nationally from July 16. Check gig guides for details or visit www.catherinetraicos. CATHERINE TRAICOS & THE STARRY NIGHT GLORIOSA ALBUM TOUR “While visiting Brisbane after the terrible floods I was struck by the vision of a flower growing out of the mud. Maybe I only noticed the flame lily as it is the national flower of the country of my birth, Zimbabwe. The flower’s striking red and yellow seemed a symbol of victory in a bed of dirt. The flower was the Gloriosa Superba and I chose to name the album after it.” Gloriosa sees Catherine Traicos and her new band, The Starry Night offer up a beguiling blend of alt- country, blues, roots and folk, delivered by one of the most delicate and beautiful voices in contemporary music. Under the direction of 5-time ARIA award winning producer Paul McKercher, The Starry Night; guitarist Darren Nuttall (Tucker B’s), bassist Kasper Kiely (Sketching Cato) and drummer Tim Day (O) bring an assured yet restrained touch, allowing Catherine’s ethereal voice to shine through. The attention to detail and the imaginative and skilful arrangements brought to the album by Traicos and the band create a work that is refreshingly understated and elegant. The songs on Gloriosa focus on specifics but touch on big themes: love, life, death and place all feature in Traicos’ organic yet particular lyrical construction. The moods of the album switch deftly, from darkly desolate to playful, tender and melodic, a little like