Kelly Dance says Goodnight Berlin
Broken Stone Records is seriously our kinda label. Considering they’ve put out records by the brilliant Caitlin Park and The Maple Trail, we always sit-up and pay attention when they release something new and folky.
And so we come to Kelly Dance, who has lived in Australia, Fiji and Indonesia, amongst the clouds in Hong Kong, the flamenco-masters in Seville and the afterglow of 24-hour Tescos in London. Her upcoming album, ‘Goodnight Berlin’, was mostly recorded over ten days and nights in, appropriately enough, an East Berlin studio. All of these places play a part in the record.
The first single to be lifted from it is the cheerfully titled, ‘Head in the Noose’. It’s a shifting, tumbling lament over guitar and drums and sings of lonely cities, empty chairs at empty tables and pavement slipstreams. The song gives a taste of an album which is both dark and nostalgic, sweet and unsettling.
The warmth of ‘Goodnight Berlin’, as well as its somewhat unexpected instrumental textures, are a product of its collaborative spirit. Dance joins in duets with the very lovely Toby Martin from Youth Group and Aidan Roberts from the aforementioned Maple Trail – the album also features a ‘widescreen ballad’ penned by Roberts.
‘Head in the Noose’ is out now on iTunes and the album is available May 17th via Broken Stone Records/Remote Control. Have a listen to the single below and, if you’re in Sydney, then head to Kelly Dance’s single launch tonight (Wednesday 20th March) at Arcadia Bar in Redfern. Entry is free.