Back in the shire, Mama Kin returns with Byron gig
FORMER local Mama Kin returns to the shire soon for a gig with the band that backed her on her recently released album, The Magician's Daughter.
In it she made a deliberate decision to move on from the well-received Beat and Holler (her "war cry"), to produce something that plumbed emotional depths - of sadness, joy and, she says, a "piercing loving", such as that experienced by a woman about to give birth.
As a songwriter Mama Kin (aka Danielle Caruana, partner of John Butler and sister of Nicky Bomba) says she has moved on from purely personal lyrics to those based on real-life stories not necessarily her own.
"I didn't have to tell my own story but could draw on my visceral experience to explore story-telling with the added freedom of fiction," she says.
And if the album has a single characteristic, it is one of "depth", the willingness to dive in "to the point where you have to equalise your ears", she laughs, "and the world feels very different".
Such a dive leads to a "connection, to other places, people and things". One story, about the loss of a child, informed a song Mama Kin says she almost regrets writing because it is so sad to sing.
"But that's what humans are. Capable of experiencing great depths of emotion: incredible joy and great sadness. The ability to transverse those spaces is what makes us human."
The result is a very impressive, mature album, full of sinuous rhythms and seductive, soulful vocals.