Following a video premiere with YEN for single "What Do You Say?" (feat. Mark Kozelek), Sydney songwriter, musician and novelist Holly Throsby has announced the release of her fifth solo record, 'After A Time!'
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.