I grew up in an era where local music was the exception, but had the privilege of listening as Australian music grew and matured. Nevertheless, it’s still a novelty to listen to music with local references – teenage hang out places like Merri Creek.
Cat is well known for her work with The Stillsons, but has also been working on her solo material as well. Her third album Inner North features Justin Bernasconi (guitar), Ben Franz (bass) and Justin Olsson (drums). Justin and Ben are no strangers, having worked with her previously in The Stillsons. The album was recorded and mixed by Jeff Lang and the clarity of sound reflects that. Already The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald have named Inner North as Album of the Week.
OK, apart from local references and excellent recording quality, what can you expect? There is a beautiful clarity to both the music and the lyrics. These are definite ballads, well designed stories coupled to melodies which accentuate their messages. The style is very much Indie, with excursions into a more country vein in some tracks. My pick is “Fitzroy Block” a wistful reflective piece. I look forward to her bringing this live to Geelong.
Reviewed by John “Dr John” Lamp