Road takes star to happy place

Kate Ce­ber­ano is ex­cited to be back in the game, writes

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KATE Ce­ber­ano be­lieves her job is com­plete if her mu­sic can change a lis­tener’s fre­quency and brighten their day.

In July, the Aus­tralian singer re­leased her 25th recorded al­bum, Ken­sal Road, her first col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal ma­te­rial in 10 years.

Fea­tur­ing pop flavours fused with Hawai­ian folk and nu-coun­try, Ken­sal Road cel­e­brates her life and pas­sion as a woman, mother, part­ner and daugh­ter, Ce­ber­ano says.

The al­bum also high­lights her re­la­tion­ship with her first love: mu­sic.

‘‘It’s one of those things that never fails to let me down,’’ she says.

‘‘If I am bummed about life and I put on mu­sic, it changes my whole day. It changes your fre­quency. That’s what I aim for my mu­sic to do.’’

Writ­ten and recorded in Ken­saltown Stu­dios, Lon­don, Ken­sal Road was an es­cape over­seas for Ce­ber­ano and helped her fo­cus.

‘‘I needed to have iso­la­tion. As a singer-song­writer, I needed to be in the zone,’’ she says.

‘‘Be­ing away from things helped me hear my thoughts a lot clearer. As a writer, when a sin­gle con­cept comes into view it’s of­ten float­ing around the de­bris of oth­ers. I needed to be avail­able to those thoughts.’’

Ce­ber­ano says the ‘‘earthy and or­ganic’’ stu­dio served as great in­spi­ra­tion.

‘‘It was a col­lec­tive stu­dio and there were lots of DJs, rap­pers and pop artists float­ing around,’’ she says.

‘‘We recorded the whole al­bum to­gether in one room. With con­tem­po­rary record­ings, some­times it can be dead. This was alive.’’

Ce­ber­ano’s mu­si­cal reper­toire in­cludes three ARIA Awards, a Lo­gie, two Peo­ples Choice Awards and seven nom­i­na­tions for the ARIA Best Fe­male Artist Award.

The singer says the great­est trans­for­ma­tion of her mu­si­cal jour­ney was the birth of her daugh­ter Gypsy, now 10.

Ce­ber­ano blames that decade of be­ing a mum for the ab­sence of new orig­i­nal ma­te­rial.

‘‘When my daugh­ter was born I felt very ab­sorbed by moth­er­hood,’’ she says.

‘‘I had to knuckle in and try to be a good par­ent.’’

Par­ent­hood opened Ce­ber­ano’s eyes, and led her to dis­cover a dif­fer­ent viewpoint for her lyrics.

‘‘When I started writ­ing this record I had to find a sub­jec­tive universe – it changed af­ter I be­come a mother,’’ she says.

‘‘My sub­jec­tive universe re­lates to what I ob­serve in oth­ers. Through the ages of 20s to 30s, it’s about ‘me, you, I’, all the songs are writ­ten in that con­text. Then comes ‘them, us, we’. It’s a dif­fer­ent use of pro­nouns.’’

Ce­ber­ano says this col­lec­tive frame of mind mo­ti­vates her in dif­fer­ent ways.

‘‘The things I ob­sess about now are so dif­fer­ent. (Be­ing a mother) is the best thing and the most im­por­tant in my life,’’ she says.

‘‘I want to be raw. And it’s more about the ‘now’.’’

Ce­ber­ano is ex­cited to tour Ken­sal Road and says it’s good to be back.

‘‘The band is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing – I am ac­tu­ally drum­ming for a lot of the songs,’’ she says. Kate Ce­ber­ano

Kate Ce­ber­ano and Ali­son Ainsworth play Twin Towns tomorrow night.

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