Road takes star to happy place
Kate Ceberano is excited to be back in the game, writes
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.