Posts Tagged ‘Songs For Australia’

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It doesn’t matter who you’re a fan of these days, it always takes word of mouth for new music to emerge. It’s certainly not like the old days where an album, sometimes two arrived every week. One of the singer/songwriters that I love is Martha Wainwright. Her DNA is a rich one having come forth from Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, both celebrated songwriters. Her brother is Rufus Wainwright. But honestly, to me, she beats them all in quality and intensity. I love her and anxiously await her music.

Recently, Martha Wainwright has released two singles with not a mention of a new album. Her last album, Goodnight City was issued in 2016. Her Zöe Records (Rounder) catalogue is stunning, first to last. Together she has five full-lengths to enjoy! She has a beautiful performance of “El Condor Pasa” sung with her half-sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche as The Wainwright Sisters. (The video is incredibly presented.)

Her two recently released singles includes one as a contribution to a compiled covers album intended as a relief set for the devastating Australian bushfires. (The album is called “Songs For Australia”, a 15-track compilation. released digitally on March 5th, and will be physically available in June.) The Martha Wainwright contribution is a cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ “The Ship Song”.

Then out of the blue, Martha Wainwright released a new single, “Wolves”, with vocal contributions by Rufus Wainwright. But No word on an upcoming album.

We wait, but we have two new gems to enjoy. If you’re unaware of Martha Wainwright, please I encourage you to investigate.

Martha Wainwright under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Limited, Released on: 2020-05-08

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‘Songs for Australia’, which is raising money for organizations in Australia who are helping to rebuild during and after the bushfire crisis. ‘Songs for Australia’ was conceptualized by Australian musician Julia Stone, The album, which was finalized in about two months, started out as “a feeling of sadness and helplessness,” says Julia Stone . She was working with the National collaborator, performer, and producer Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) in London when the project came together.

As the fires raged, Julia Stone played her favorite track  Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” and inspiration struck. Bartlett suggested they record it the next day in search of a cathartic experience. Stone’s cover of “Beds Are Burning,” which was written 33 years ago about indigenous land rights, is included in the set. She started exploring the information relating to the inattention to indigenous wisdom on land management in Australia. “Had that information not been ignored, this crisis may have been less damaging,” she says.

Stone ended up working on the song with artists from the indigenous Australian Karrabing community; Natasha Bigfoot Lewis, Quinton Shields, and Deborah Sing added lyrics and vocals. “I get goosebumps when I hear Natasha say, ‘What you gonna do when the whole world’s fried?’” She soon realized the project was more than a song. “I know a heap of great artists, and I just started writing the emails, making the calls, sending text messages,” she explains. “‘Hey, I have this idea. Things are bad in Australia. Here are some people doing really good stuff. Want to help?’… That was on January 8th.”

The National was one of a handful of international acts that jumped at the idea of contributing. Frontman Matt Berninger was the one to suggest the INXS choice, and Stone was immediately sold. “Matt came straight back to me after I presented the idea for the record,” Stone says. “He was so thrilled to have an opportunity to help.”

“I’m so grateful to have a good excuse to cover that song,” Berninger tells us. “One of my favorites ever. Hope it helps a little bit.”

Proceeds from the record’s sales and streams will go to numerous organizations, including SEED, Firesticks Alliance, Landcare, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, Wild Ark, and NSW Rural Fire Service. All proceeds given to Wild Ark goes to what’s needed on the ground. As for Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, “they are trying to do what the government should be doing,” Stone says. “They have created a bushfire summit to make plans for a future where we can do our best to avoid the repeat of such extreme damage and devastation.”

Songs for Australia Tracklisting:

1. The National, “Never Tear Us Apart” (INXS)
2. Petit Biscuit, “Chateau” (Angus & Julia Stone)
3. Dermot Kennedy, “Resolution” (Matt Corby)
4. Dope Lemon, “Streets of Your Town” (The Go-Betweens)
5. Kurt Vile, “Stranger Than Kindness” (Nick Cave)
6. Joan As Police Woman, “Hearts a Mess” (Gotye)
7. Damien Rice, “Chandelier” (SIA)
8. Martha Wainwright, “The Ship Song” (Nick Cave)
9. Paul Kelly, “Native Born” (Archie Roach)
10. Dan Sultan, “Into My Arms” (Nick Cave)
11. Pomme, “Big Jet Plane” (Angus & Julia Stone)
12. Julia Stone, “Beds Are Burning” (Midnight Oil)
13. Sam Amidon, “Let Me Down Easy” (Gang of Youths)

The National - "Never Tear Us Apart" (INXS Cover)

“Songs For Australia” is the new Julia Stone-curated compilation benefitting Australian brushfire Relief. The compilation features artists including Damien Rice, Joan As Police Woman, Kurt Vile, Martha Wainwright, Sam Amidon, and more covering Australian classics by the likes of Nick Cave, Sia, Gotye, and Gang Of Youths. Upon the announcement of “Songs For Australia” we heard Stone’s own rendition of Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning,” and today we get to hear one of the album’s more anticipated tracks.

The National’s contribution to the compilation is a cover of “Never Tear Us Apart” from INXS’s world-conquering 1987 album Kick. It’s a mostly faithful rendering that nonetheless seems like it could slip right into the Trouble Will Find Me tracklist — which makes sense given that the INXS original already existed in that melancholy National sweet spot (as opposed to the tight-leather funk of “Need You Tonight,” although Matt Berninger’s stage maneuvers do bare some resemblance to Michael Hutchence’s moves in that song’s video).

The National’s “Never Tear Us Apart” cover,is taken from the album ‘Songs For Australia’; an extraordinary album made by a collection of artists from around the world who have each donated their time to record a cover of an Australian song.