Album Release: Laura Hill – Secrets
Secrets is available to pre-order from today and features first single Signs as an instant gratification track. With a slinky opening; a stepping, pacing, pecking bird like the methodical bassline of a White Stripes track. There’s a wariness of the idea of the strange desire, walking on a wire…then a rise into desire and regret and desperation. A torch song. Chorus is a soaring vocal.
Secrets infinitely defines Laura Hill’s stunning sound. Her fourth studio recording, it demonstrates a deviation from the somewhat laid back demeanour of her earlier albums Guava Tree and Blue Skies and greatly compliments her best selling solo release Powdered Sunshine from 2014. The songs here are emotionally raw, painfully honest and yet threaded with a singular bright positivity… swung from the heartfelt letter that didn’t get through, to ballads of stargazing, shoe-gazing and road-tripping.
After touring nationally and with newfound pride in her sense of place, Laura’s home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula helps define her impeccable indie folk sound. Secrets was recorded live in several stunning locations that clearly define the release’s ambiance. From Mixmasters studio, known for its incredible acoustic warmth, to the stunning stonewalls of a restored historic barn for the tracks Beautiful and Dreamer.
On my travels I was often asked where have you been hiding? I believe there’s something beautiful about discovering a secret destination or new experience that really resonates in your heart. If it’s a tasty new coffee or the discovery of a great musician, when you find something new it’s like your own little secret discovery but the best part you ask? Just as quick as you find it you want to share it, after all life is best shared with the people you love right? – Laura Hill
In modern society where moments are fleeting and Laura’s belief that the best things in life are better shared Laura chose to shun modern day smoke and mirrors for a release that is real and sure to pull you back to the simple things in life; the Moments and people that really matter. In all seriousness, it hasn’t been an easy two years for the reserved Laura Hill with several life changing events causing a stumble and nearly stopping the release all together. During the recording and production process she became a new mother and in a brutal twist of fate, grappled with the news and complications around her Mum, Dad and Aunty being diagnosed with cancer.
These events prove there is no doubt Laura is a lover, she has an undeniable desire to make the world a better place through her music and live performance, managing to establish connections on so many levels. No one gig defines Laura and as long as her music is touching the lives of her listeners she will continue to shine. Whether you’re a lucky listener rambling along at a bustling market, fortunate enough to have her play at your wedding or a secret garden show, playing solo shows or at some of Australia’s premiere festivals, nothing is too big or small.
As an independent artist, your support and generosity never goes unnoticed and Laura can’t wait to connect with you somewhere out there soon.
Bring On The Best
Near Water (Talia)
Game of Fame
Dirt On My Shoe
All songs written by Laura Hill. Produced & mixed by Laura Hill & Mick Wordley.
Sunday July 22 | Sip & Sounds Winter Festival | National Wine Centre | Adelaide
Sunday July 29 | Album Launch | Kuitpo Hall SA 2:00pm
Saturday August 5 | Eumundi Markets | Eumundi QLD
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