Songs in the Suburbs
Heralded for her captivating vocals by the New York Post, Brisbane’s own Emma Dean made New York City’s off-Broadway circuit her domain. There, her award-winning cabaret adventures laid the foundations for an intimate new sound. Called home by sultry climes and birdsong, the maverick singer-songwriter has returned to her Brisbane stomping grounds with a head full of ideas, determined to reignite the city’s sense of musical community. In 2014, the Dean brains-trust — Emma and multi-instrumentalist brother Tony — founded a cheeky choir, Cheep Trill, followed by grassroots musicians’ network The Tiger Common. A consummate performer, Dean has toured the world, performing alongside Jesca Hoop and Kate Miller-Heidke, and in support of Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Katie Noonan, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls. Dean’s sensuous storytelling and incandescent melodies light the way to an electric next stage in her career. Listen out for her addictive new single, “Feed It”.
Combining the legendary soul of the Stax and Motown era with the burning heat and power of the Chicago and Memphis blues, Blues Arcadia deliver an uninhibited old-fashioned soul stomp revival. Based in Brisbane, Australia, they were formed by Alan Boyle (vocals), Chris Harvey (guitar) and Jeremy Klysz (bass) together with Parmis Rose (keys) in 2016.
Following their previous award-winning project The Bella Reunion, the songwriting partnership between Boyle and Harvey has gone from strength to strength. Released in late 2016, Blues Arcadia’s eponymous debut EP brings a new attitude to the table. Beautifully captured by Mike ‘Beachy’ Wild at The Barn Studios in rural Queensland, this is a blues record that draws on a broad palette of colours and textures from jazz to Detroit soul. Recording live to tape meant absolute commitment to every moment of the performances of the songs, from the joyous horn stabs on “Operator Please” to the plaintive minor key moan of “Corner Girls”, to the inspirational call to arms of “Rockin’ Chair”.
Currently sitting at #2 in the Australian Blues And Roots Airplay Charts, this collection of eclectic dirty soul-infused blues lives and breathes with an energy all of its own. Nominated in three categories of the 2017 Australian Blues Music Awards, including Song of The Year, Blues Arcadia are proud winners of the Chain award for Best New Talent Of The Year.