an evening with Kate-Miller Heidke
8pm: an evening with Kate-Miller Heidke
June 7, 2012
We all know her voice by now. Without question, they are some of the
most gloriously elastic vocal chords in contemporary music. In one
song, she will sound as hushed and intimate as a lover before sleep,
before reverberating with an operatic force so great, it seems possible
walls might collapse and time will fold in on itself. Across the
Pacific and Atlantic—from Australia to Asia, the US and UK—stunned
audiences have been mesmerised and transformed, one at a time, by the
extraordinary talent that is Kate Miller-Heidke.
Now, following double-platinum sales for her last album (2008’s Curiouser),
sets at Coachella, international dates supporting Ben Folds, acclaimed
opera performances in Australia and the UK, and catching US
critics—from the New York Times to the New Yorker—off-guard, Kate Miller-Heidke returns with Nightflight, her first solo album in three years. Over 11 songs, Nightflight
signals a new-found sophistication in songwriting that sees Kate meditate on homesickness, mortality, love and surrender, in an album
that is both sonically lush and emotionally stark, deeply personal and yet utterly panoramic.
Written between the frenetic jolt of London and the rising floodwaters of Toowoomba, Nightflight showcases songs about real people’s lives: family members who have died,
teenagers who went missing in the ‘90s, friends looking for love in the wrong places and Kate’s own longing for home. In previous albums, Kate
has immersed herself in high cabaret drama, polished electro-pop and
heart-arresting ballads. With Nightflight, her mission was simple: to focus on the craft of pure human storytelling with clear-eyed clarity.
“Everything I’ve ever done has been a reaction against the previous thing,” Kate says. “Nightflight is definitely a more vulnerable and exposed record than anything I’ve done before. If Curiouser was a playful, dysfunctional adolescent, Nightflight is more like a damaged, melancholy person in her late 20s. With Nightflight, we wanted something darker and more organic, more beautiful and more expansive.”
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