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KATIE BRIANNA performs the song "KING" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY ALEYCE SIMMONDS
It seems a lifetime ago that Katie Brianna released her debut EP in 2005, and was swiftly plucked from obscurity by the legendary Paul Kelly to record vocals on the track ‘Jindabyne Fair’, which appeared on his soundtrack to the critically acclaimed Australian film Jindabyne. In 2013 and 2014, overseas venues beckoned and Katie headed to Nashville to perform at the Americana Festival.
The distance Katie has travelled, personally and creatively, is evident in the nuanced adult tension of Victim or the Heroine. Mature and restrained, the collection of songs is elegant and serene, firmly rooted in the push and pull of modern womanhood.
When writing material for the album, Katie painted with a broader sonic palette, demonstrating there was more to her musical essence than the country folk sound of her 2013 debut Dark Side of the Morning. Despite the indelible influence of country music, there was a wider range of colours at the songwriter’s disposal. The result is an eclectic collection that unfolds with each listen, blooming in the radiance of Katie’s honeyed voice.
“I think this album shows that my music is evolving, and that I am evolving as a songwriter,” Katie says. “That my influences are expanding.”
The resulting album is a songbook of light and shade, woven with fatalism and introspection. From the dreamy ebb of ‘Thorn in Your Side’, to the sublime pop of ‘Chemical Lies’ and ‘King’, the songs are imbrued with restless reflection; an aching soul on her sofa with guitar in hand, sinking beneath affectations and owning up to her idiosyncrasies.
Katie enlisted award-winning songwriter and producer Shane Nicholson and recorded Victim or the Heroine at his Central Coast studio, with a few extra days at Sydney’s Love Hz. The studio band featured bassist Matt Fell, drummer Josh Schuberth and guitarist Glen Hannah, with Nicholson working his magic as a multi-instrumentalist.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
TAMWORTH REGIONAL COUNCIL
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