Northern Territory artist Caiti Baker has unveiled a passionate and loving tribute to her house within the far north of Australia, within the type of her second studio album, the conceptual ‘Mary of the North’.
“Mary of the North is a vibe. She’s a temper. She’s the essence of the Northern Territory to me,” explains Baker. “With manufacturing solely by James Mangohig whose influences ranged from T Bone Burnett and The Mandalorian to Tarantino film soundtracks and the Moog One synthesiser, I wrote about what got here naturally to me on the time… Which was throughout some extraordinarily sobering and emotional moments in Australia’s environmental historical past.
“Impressed additionally by the wonderful people that make up my neighborhood right here within the NT, I need listeners to listen to the textures, colors and tones that make this place the extremely distinctive and attention-grabbing house that it’s to many.”
In celebration of the brand new launch, Caiti Baker has kindly supplied to take us by means of the document, observe by observe.
‘No Extra’ is about making the choice that you just have been destined to make with the utmost conviction; leaving a state of affairs that didn’t swimsuit any extra…time to journey onto the following chapter. Transfer ahead, by no means look again. ‘No Extra’ was written in a single bed room studio session – the tune took type over James’ knocking drum programming and bent guitar demos which have been later reimagined by genius guitarist Ben Edgar. Featured on backing vocals are my fellow Territorians Serina Pech, Stevie Jean, Yola Grey and Eleanor Dixon.
‘Mirror’ is all about ego and self-worth. One of many oldest songs on the album, Mirror was written circa 2014 however wasn’t meant to exist on the planet till now with its household of songs on Mary of the North. With some minor lyrical modifications, It’s now a part of the journey that Mary takes by means of the north of proudly owning her price and the experiences she’s endured. The one tune that options the piano enjoying of Adelaide based mostly musician John Bartlett with extra drum manufacturing by his brother Paul Bartlett (who collectively are SIXFOUR and my touring band) and additional manufacturing of Sydney’s renown hip hop producer PaperToy.
Stroll With Your self
‘Stroll With Your self’ is about confronting the lies and misinformation that has been fed to you all of your life. Whether or not it’s societal buildings or spiritual ethos; I take into consideration learn how to confront these fears inside ourselves to cease the (doubtlessly harmful) patterns from persevering with. Studying to be sturdy sufficient to know that components of our previous have been distorted which may doubtlessly have an effect on the best way we dwell and course of data within the current. It’s about development, about being form to your self and taking time to maneuver on. The manufacturing is dusty and heat and just a little Tarantino-esque which visually locations you in an ochre soaked desert with rusty metals and damaged bushes; locations which can be uniquely Northern Territorian.
‘Inexperienced Eyes’ is about Mary. Mary is a “good time”; she’s a sense; she’s a life-style; she’s a key to creativity. She spreads her happiness and her lovely inexperienced eyes to all she meets and he or she’s well-loved. Having a cup of tea with Mary is one thing I like to do and thus impressed the tune!
Have been the alternatives made the best ones? Questioning a semi lived life and all that’s been learnt alongside the best way. Is all of it Price it? Are you aware an excessive amount of? Will we ever know if the explanations we consider we’re right here for have all been price it? Price what? Decisions, selections, paths, instructions, choices… Autonomous? Compelled? Price it’s also the theme tune to BIRDS EYE VIEW Podcast which was created by the Girls in Sector 4 within the Darwin Correctional Centre. The tune options discovered sounds from the jail and the ladies themselves singing the refrain.
‘Carry You’ is a tune I wrote with Pip Norman aka “5ths” (simply referred to as ‘Carry’) within the mid-2000s for my earlier band Sietta’s second album. The tune was initially a duet and the manufacturing was full and heat with a keys solo. The tune is about carrying and aiding, caring and loving somebody – serving to them of their time of want. Re-imagining the tune, I sang the tune to a easy and heat acoustic guitar; added some lush harmonies and referred to as upon fellow Settle Down sister Serina Pech to lend her honey-toned concord voice on the backing vocals.
Written and recorded on the times between Xmas and NYE 2019, ‘She’s Merciless’ was impressed by the catastrophic bush hearth occasions occurring in our nation’s south. Watching the horror unfold from the north, some hundreds of kilometres away, was surreal and sobering. Being on the mercy of nature’s simple power is what impressed the tune. I dwell in a cyclone-prone atmosphere and needed that power to be current within the already “fiery” vocal performances. Like each different observe on the “Mary of the North”, She’s Merciless’s manufacturing lends itself to an accompanying visible within the listeners’ creativeness. A story that has but to be created however impressed by the love and respect the land and atmosphere deserve. Produced totally by James Mangohig, the deep and moody sonics of She’s Merciless evoke a paradox within the sense of urgency and the heat of security.
‘Final Cease’ is a poetic ode to the visuals, sounds, smells and experiences of a easy life lived by the Ocean in Darwin. It was impressed by the parking zone that my condo appears to be like out over that turns into crammed with automobiles and boat trailers every weekend. Rolling bass, dancing guitars and a few natural percussion set off my (for probably the most half) singular vocal.
Welcome to the aftermath
What a time to be alive! ‘Welcome to the Aftermath’ is about being open to altering views on the world and its fixed state of disarray. We dwell within the craziest and greatest instances of human existence, but as we collectively have the power to know and be educated on absolutely anything on the planet at any time, we’re overwhelmed and our societies and environments are altering quickly. It’s an unimaginable oddity that we’re right here and while all appears to be doom and gloom, we now have the facility to query ourselves and make completely different decisions that may inevitably have an effect on our youthful generations. That is the outro of the album. A journey of two components that begins with one thing perhaps extra acquainted; then sketches out right into a soundscape worthy of an acid journey.