Plea­sure, pain in cre­ative process

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

Brooke Fraser.

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