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GRETTA ZILLER performs the song "ALRIGHT WITH ME" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY ALEYCE SIMMONDS
First impressions aren’t always right. If you’ve been foolish enough to nail down the sound of acclaimed songwriter Gretta Ziller, then prepare to have the rug pulled out from under you.
Ziller’s sound may bear the hallmarks of classic Americana music but its essence is far more diverse. The Melbourne songstress’ roots span jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical, and that eclectic musical upbringing is reflected in the varied tracks on this new collection.
“I didn’t want to make an album that sounded like anything in the Americana scene right now,” says Ziller. “I wanted my album to reflect the soundtrack of my childhood, yet sonically and lyrically sound like who I am now. I really wanted to push the boundaries of what country music, or Americana, alt-country – whatever you want to call it – can sound like. I didn’t want to fit neat and tidy into the country music box.”
Ziller and Ruske’s combined desire to break the country mould paid off. There’s certainly some classic country influence in the gorgeous production of ‘Jude’ and ‘Go On’, but that vanishes quickly on the rock stomper ‘Let it Go’ or the sparse, aching piano ballad ‘This is Gonna Hurt’ and the sultry ‘Whisky Shivers’. Written over an almost six-year period, this collection covers vast emotional territory.
For Ziller, the songs are often inspired by emotions rather than common trials and autobiographical tribulations. “I approach my songwriting a little bit like a bower bird,” the songwriter explains. “I am a collector of ideas and thoughts. The Notes app in my phone is full of one liners and song ideas. I don’t write specifically about every day stuff in my life, I tend to take an idea or emotion about something that is relevant or emotionally attractive to me and roll with it.”
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Sound Production// Phil Henry
Presenter// Aleyce Simmonds
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