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adelaide’s Kaurna Cronin will launch his second
studio album Southern Loss with a national tour. His
2015 début Glass Fool took him around australia,
europe and the usa. named folk alliance australia
'artist of the year', his new album pays homage to
Cronin’s homeland. washed in australian culture
and euphemisms, Southern Loss sets nostalgic
storytelling around folk/pop arrangements. engineer
mick wordley (the angles, amanda Palmer, Jeff
lang, John schumann) produced the album featuring
a cast of top adelaide musicians.
Have these songs been a long time in development
and how does this album differ from your previous
It covers many more themes closer to home, a localised
collection of thoughts and ideas I’ve had for a while now.
It’s been a good avenue for me to explore this direction
and work collaboratively with other musicians to build
a soundscape that represents and colours this particular
collection of songs. Many were written over recent years
reflecting upon travels and time on the road, [including]
my European tour.
How did you come to work with mick wordly? what
was your overall shared vision for the recording?
I’d worked with Mick, drumming on some records at
Mixmasters Studios. I respected his no-frills attitude to
capturing sounds and an energy. Everyone involved in
the project wanted to achieve the same result which made
it a pleasure to produce. We aimed to capture the essence
of the songs, understand where they were coming from
and articulate the emotions as best as possible. We tried
to keep it raw and honest, letting the songs do the talking.
How much of the storytelling is fact or fiction? some
themes (eg. Passion Parade) suggest very real and
Sometimes fact is harder to believe than fiction. But I
do try to write from personal experiences as much as
possible. I also gain great satisfaction from listening to
the stories of others and find great reward in sharing
them. The songs on Southern Loss are predominately
from personal experiences or observations of mine.
tell us about your band. there's some lovely shuffling
rhythms, nice country harp etc.
There’s Tom Kneebone on electric guitar and Kiah
Gossner on bass; both have been touring through Europe
with me. They were fundamental in creating of the mood
of the album and translating these stories sonically. Plus
musicians and great friends Dave Resce (drums), Delia
Obst, Tara McHenry and Laura Knowling (vocals), Aaron
Nash (piano/organ) and Julian Ferraretto on strings.
Did awards (folk alliance, aPra-amCos) help
inspire you onto following your musical path?
I don't believe they inspired me to continue following my
musical path [but] I’m grateful for the recognition from
these great organisations. They’ve been an incredible
support to myself and many other artists. I’m inspired
in many ways to create and share music. I love sharing
stories and ideas, seeing them develop from simple
beginnings and performing live to audiences worldwide.
tell us about your earliest musical influences and
more recent ones.
I grew up travelling to great Australian folk festivals
nationally with my parents who were stall holders and
entertainers. [I’d] skip around from tent to tent, enjoying
every kind of folk inspired music. I listen predominately
to local artists when I have time. I find it most musically
relevant for me. On the road, I like to listen to something
that reflects the cultural landscape I’m in.
Lyrics are a rich ingredient here. What writers have
influenced you? I like to read and to reinterpret many
great authors, poets and songwriters, lyrics. The
interpretation of stories through song is what I’m most
passionate about. I’m fascinated by stories or writings
that have managed to stand the test of time.
What have been the highlights of the current tour? It’ s
been an absolute whirlwind of shows and experiences
but for myself and the band submerging ourselves in
the culture, meeting new people with fascinating stories
every night and being able to share our stories through
song to attentive audiences with a great passion for folk
music all over Europe has been unbelievably inspiring.
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