Monday, October 22, 2012

Kylie Auldist - Still Life (2012)

The third album from Australian soul/funk singer Kylie Auldist is out now on Tru Thoughts. Entitled ‘Still Life’, the new LP sees Auldist singing straight from the heart and telling the stories of her life, exploring themes such as love, loss and the passing of time with an intelligence and depth that only experience can inspire.
By turns wistful, uplifting, poignant and simply smoking hot, ‘Still Life’ is brimful of bright, accessible funk and sultry soul, served up by the velvety voiced diva with a healthy dose of disco inspired boogie. The album was co-written and produced by close collaborator Lance Ferguson (Lanu/The Bamboos), whose versatile production skills – as showcased across his many Lanu and The Bamboos releases – snap into action here with a classy updating of the ‘70s dancefloor sound. Exquisite string and horn arrangements on the record sit amongst emotive piano melodies, driving drums and the strut and snaking groove of Ferguson’s guitar.

The double A-side digital single, “Counting On You” / “Changes”, precedes the album on 17th September; pitching a soul song back-to-back with a disco track, this nugget lifts the lid on the super fresh and sunny effervescence of Kylie Auldist’s new material and has already been supported by funk and soul connoisseurs including Craig Charles (BBC 6Music) and Kev Beadle (Solar Radio) as well as being picked as the ‘Hot One’ on Jazz FM. However, the lighter end of the album is complemented by darker undercurrents; from the eerie, haunting “Daydream” to an inspired, lilting and strutting cover of “Howlin’ For You” which Kylie says “combines my love for The Black Keys with my lust for reggae”, through to the deep funk stormer “Nothin’ Else To Beat Me” which shows Kylie on classic world-beating fiery form. “All In You” is a love letter to her two sons.
The combination of vocal strength, sass and lightness of touch that she has made her trademark, along with the heart and soul she pours into her songs, has gained Kylie Auldist the reputation as one of the best soul singers working today, attracting comparisons to the likes of Sharon Jones. The half-Samoan girl from the Outback moved to Melbourne to pursue singing at a young age, and having initially become known to the world as the front-woman with The Bamboos, over the course of her two previous acclaimed albums – 2008’s ‘Just Say’ and 2009’s ‘Made Of Stone’ – Kylie Auldist has positioned herself as a solo singer of some renown, within the soul and funk scenes and beyond. 

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