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Australia’s most loved and revered wordsmith, Paul Kelly returns in 2018 with his twenty fourth studio album, Nature.
Nature is launched by the first single ‘With The One I Love’ and a video directed by Sian Darling, shot in Melbourne’s old magistrate court, where Ned Kelly was famously tried and sentenced to death in 1880.
Kelly entered the studio in Melbourne in March and May this year to record Nature with his esteemed band - Peter Luscombe on drums, Bill McDonald on bass, Ash Naylor and Dan Kelly on guitars and Cameron Bruce on keyboards. “I love playing with them,” he says. “They can morph from delicate scientists to big riff rockers and all states in-between.”
What links the songs is the natural world – trees, birds, animals, plants, dust, desert, water – and human nature’s small place in that world. Most of the pieces were written over the last four years in and around the recording sessions for ‘The Merri Soul Sessions’, ‘Seven Sonnets And A Song’ and ‘Life Is Fine’. I didn’t realise I had the makings of another album until I put the songs in a folder and saw the titles staring me in the face. I think of ‘Nature’ as a companion piece to ‘Life Is Fine’, itself full of moons, rain, rocks, rivers, seas, smells and lovers.”
Kelly’s Platinum certified 2017 album Life Is Fine debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, giving Paul his first ARIA Number One album in a career spanning 40 years. At last year’s ARIA Awards, Kelly took home Best Male and Best Adult Contemporary Album, along with Best Cover Art and Engineer Of The Year. These results ensured Kelly a remarkable 14 ARIA Award wins from a career tally of 51 nominations.
Nature will be available physically in both standard and deluxe versions. The standard version is the 12-song single-disc CD and vinyl.
The limited Deluxe Edition of Nature is a major bonus for the legion of Paul Kelly fans: Disc 1 is the 12-song Nature album and Disc 2 is a 27-song DVD, capturing last year’s triumphant show from the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, which was broadcast live around the country by the ABC as their major ‘Australian Music Month’ promotion.
The DVD captures Paul and his long-time band in brilliant form as they feature songs from the just-released, ARIA award-winning Life Is Fine album as well as Paul Kelly classics like ‘To Her Door’, “From Little Things…’, ‘How To Make Gravy’, ‘Before Too Long’, ‘Deeper Water and many more.
Title: Nature - Deluxe Edition CD/DVD
Release Date: 12 Oct 2018
Artist: Paul Kelly
Catalogue No: GAWD027S
1. Life Is Fine
2. Rising Moon
3. Finally Something Good
4. Before Too Long
5. Our Sunshine
6. Firewood And Candles
7. My Man's Got A Cold
9. Letter In The Rain
10. I Smell Trouble
11. From Little Things
13. Sonnet 18
14. Don't Explain
15. Love Never Runs
16. To Her Door
18. Deeper Water
19. God Told Me To
20. Dumb Things
21. Sweet Guy
22. How To Make Gravy Gravy
23. Hasn't It Rained
24. Sydney From A 747
25. Look So Fine Feel So Low
26. Darling It Hurts
27. Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air
1.And Death Shall Have No Dominion
2.With The One I Love
3.A Bastard Like Me
6.Bound To Follow (Aisling Song)
7.Seagulls Of Seattle
10.The River Song
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