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January 9 2017

Holly Throsby announces new album, tour and video!


Following a video premiere with YEN for single ‘What Do You Say?‘ (feat. Mark Kozelek), Sydney songwriter, musician and novelist Holly Throsby has today announced the release of her fifth solo record, After a Time, along with news of a coinciding tour of intimate venues across Australia in March 2017.

Holly describes After a Time as “a collection of songs from the past five years of my life. Some of these were written around writing my first novel, Goodwood, and some readers may find that imagery from the book has made its way onto this record. There are mountains and rivers and towns and a general reflection on our relationship with our physical environment; as well as notions of restlessness, contentment, personal responsibility, longing, regret and reconciliation.”

Following on from 2011’s critically acclaimed album, Team, After a Time marks a progressive shift in outlook for Throsby. There is more light, more full-band energy, and more lyrical curiosity. Holly explains the evolution: “Sonically, the album represents a change in direction for me. Electric guitars are used much more heavily, and there is less focus on traditional folk instruments. The band tracking was done fast and loose. The layered textures veer from clear and close to fuzzy and washed out. Some songs are reminiscent of On Night and Team, but there is a different kind of rawness present across the record – and one that I hope is quite immersive.”

After a Time was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Tim Kevin (Youth Group, The Singing Skies) at his Tempe River Studios in Sydney. Throsby wrote all the songs, played various instruments and co-produced the album. She was joined in the studio by an eclectic band, including Mick Turner (Dirty Three, Cat Power) on guitar, Bree van Reyk (Paul Kelly, Seeker Lover Keeper) on drums, and Marcus Whale (Collarbones, BV) on saxophone. Guest vocals on ‘What Do You Say?’ were provided by iconic American musician Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters). Long time collaborators, Joseph Leonard and Jens Birchall, played bass and cello respectively.

Explaining the diverse contributions from her guest musicians, Holly says: “Mick Turner brings a new voice with his distinctive guitar playing. Bree van Reyk’s drumming is, as always, strong and experimental. Marcus Whale guests beautifully on saxophone. Mark Kozelek gave the gift of his voice to the central duet. And engineer and co-producer Tim Kevin, who is best known as a guitarist for lo-fi indie rock bands like La Huva and Knievel, brought his own musical character to the recording.”

PRAISE FOR WHAT DO YOU SAY?
“Shadowy… tender… it’s a beautiful ballad about romantic reconciliation, and it just might ease whatever ominous vibes you’re feeling at the moment.” – Stereogum
“It’s beautiful, uplifting and raw as hell.” – Double J
Holly Throsby is one gifted human being YEN
“It’s been five long years since we’ve heard any new music from Holly Throsby, but thankfully half a decade of silence hasn’t dampened [her] creative flair.” Howl & Echoes
“As if her mellifluous vocals weren’t rich enough, the addition of Kozelek gives this song an extra layer of warmth that renders it irresistible.” – The Revue

As well as her previous solo records on the Spunk label, Holly has released a children’s album (See!, 2010, ABC Records) and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sally Seltmann and Sarah Blasko). Seeker Lover Keeper are currently in the writing stage for a follow-up LP.

Holly’s debut novel, Goodwood, was published by Allen & Unwin in October. The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age described the book as “the kind of big-hearted, emotionally bruising story that reminds you why you love fiction…a complete revelation.” It received similarly glowing reviews in Books & Publishing (4.5 stars), Good Readings Magazine (5 stars), The Australian, The Big Issue and Women’s Weekly; and featured in The Guardian’s list of Literary Highlights for October. Goodwood is ranked #3 on Dymock’s list of the Best Books of 2016.

To celebrate the release of After a TimeHolly will tour with a new band throughout March 2017, playing intimate venues across the country. This is Holly’s first album and headline tour in six years. Don’t miss her performing songs from her strongest record yet.

Holly Throsby After a Time out February 17 on Spunk Records.

AFTER A TIME TOUR DATES
Thursday March 9 – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba
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Friday March 10 – ANU Bar, Canberra
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Saturday March 11 – Milton Theatre, Milton
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Thursday March 16 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
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Saturday March 18 – Lizottes, Newcastle
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Sunday March 19 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (early show)
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Saturday March 25 – Jive, Adelaide
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Sunday March 26 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (early show)
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Thursday March 30 – Mojos, Fremantle
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Friday March 31 – Babushka, Perth
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