Now here’s an interesting and tantalizing development
Singer-songwriters Pieta Brown (U.S.) and Lucie Thorne (Australia) are both artists recognized for their distinctive vocal stylings and sensibilities.
Pieta Brown, daughter of Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Greg Brown, released her self-titled debut album in June 2002, with five subsequent releases up to One And All. I have three of her CDs at home and rate them highly, with strong songs and Brown’s languid, ethereal delivery a highlight, along with the input of her partner/producer/guitarist Bo Ramsay. I saw her and Bo twice in the same day – (long story!) back in November 2010.
Lucie Thorne grew up in northern Tasmania and has relocated to Melbourne – (the same as ..ahem.. yours truly as it turns out). After several years working quietly under the radar, Thorne’s 2009 release Black Across The Field brought her to the attention of a much broader audience.
Since then Lucie has been touring far and wide in a sensational duo collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart. Her 2011 release Bonfires In Silver City was co-produced by Stuart, and shining at this album’s core is their remarkable duet sound – expansive, playful, loose and real. A very impressive talent who is due for wider appeal.
The pair met during Pieta’s first tour of Australia and became fast friends and fans of each other’s work. Now, just two and a half years later, as Love Over Gold they present Fall To Rise. Recorded in Pieta’s home town in Iowa, Fall to Rise traverses the open expanses of both continents to a place where voices, guitars and poetry meet.
“Making Fall To Rise pushed me artistically but above all it was really fun! I’ve sung with a lot of different people,” says Pieta, “but this is the first time I’ve been a part of trying to merge two voices into a singular sound. I’m especially proud of this kind of blatant tenderness in the one big sound we created… and that happened totally organically.”
These two songwriters already have a wealth of accolades to their credit. Pieta Brown has toured with Mark Knopfler, J.J. Cale, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Ani Difranco and Calexico among others. Her 2011 release, Mercury, was named #1 Folk Album of 2012 by the Roots Music Radio Report, and her forthcoming album (early 2014) includes guest appearances by Justin Vernon and Amos Lee.
Lucie Thorne’s albums have been short listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize; awarded Album of The Year by the Sydney Morning Herald; and she’s had work selected for inclusion on a Universal Records compilation alongside Leonard Cohen and Radiohead.
In 2012 Lucie detoured to Iowa en route to a European tour. There, in the heartland of the United States, Pieta and Lucie honed in on a new kind of shared work – around the kitchen table and then in to the studio. From these sessions grew the ten songs that make Fall To Rise. “ Right from the start there’s been such joyfulness to this project; and such an ease to our connection” says Lucie. “From the very first song we worked on together it’s felt like finding a songwriting soulmate”.
Fall To Rise will be released Monday 9 September via Little Secret Records through Vitamin Distribution.
Here’s the album promo so you get the picture of the intense and personal harmonies employed on the album.