Pleasure, pain in creative process
IT had been a tough week for New Zealand singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser when she spoke to Community Newspaper Group from Toronto, towards the end of her 21-date Brutal Romantic tour of North America.
After spending two days in hospital with severe food poisoning, she found herself back in hospital twice more when a guitar was dropped on her foot during a New York show.
“The third visit confirmed that it is fractured, so I have a lovely moon boot that I’m sporting for the rest of the North American tour,” Fraser said.
“I guess I can give a comprehensive account of eastern US hospitals now.”
Fraser is adamant she will be moon boot-free by the time she starts the Australian leg of her Brutal Romantic tour at Astor Theatre on March 13, celebrating her fourth studio album of the same name released in November.
BrutalRomantic was two and a half years in the making (following her successful album Flags) and recorded in London with producer David Kosten.
“The experience of making the album was incredible, although a lot longer than I had anticipated,” she said.
“I didn’t want to make another version of the same album ( Flags) because I felt that four albums in as an artist, you owe it to your fans, and also to yourself, to find out what more there is in you to give.
“I am so glad I waited to find the right production partner and waited to get all of the right material, not just the first 10 songs that came.”
Fraser said her favourite song on the album was Brutal Romance, recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a 36-piece orchestra.
“The song is written in haiku which is quite a nonmusical rhythm with a five, seven, five form sitting against the traditional fours, sixes and eights of music,” she said.