Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks come together to bring you Dawn, an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat.
Dawn takes some cues from the burgeoning soul revival, but it’s a far looser interpretation than many releases in the style. This is no attempt at reviving a bygone era. There’s no horn section. There’s more rock in there. There’s more country in there. There’s more, in Emma’s words, “blackfella music” in there. The songwriting is more akin to classic Aboriginal bands like Coloured Stone than it is to Sharon Jones. The sentiment is personal, for both Emma and the band, and forward looking, rather than revivalist. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but all different. Dawn is it’s own thing, indigenous Australian soul. From the ferocious opening salvo of Black Woman to the sweet and gentle comedown of Over Under Away, Dawn is above all a journey through Emma’s life written in song.
Daddy is the first single released from the album and is currently available as a free download from hopestreetrecordings.com/dawn
Released in Australia 27th November 2014
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks
Joy to the world! HopeStreet Recordings and Northside Records are filling your Christmas stockings early this year. Daddy – Emma Donovan and The PutBacks’ frenetic psych/soul stomper – is now available on a super exclusive limited edition 7” for those who need their niceness presented in the nicest of formats.
Only 150 hand numbered records are available, featuring In The Dirt, a PutBacks instrumental on the B side. That’s two sides of searing 45 rpm funky good times for the dancefloor in you.
In the spirit of exclusivity, the Daddy 7” is only available from this website and Northside Records, Fitzroy. Copies will be available for purchase from Thursday the 11th of December and will sell in numbered order from 9am. Who will get number 1? Best get up early, kids! Records #1-10 have been signed by Emma.
Daddy is the first single from Emma and The PutBacks’ new album Dawn.
Declan Kelly presents Diesel N Dub featuring Emma Donovan
“Diesel n’Dub is a project developed to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which is a brilliant cause. It gets better, though: it will feature some of Midnight Oil’s best songs reinvented in a reggae style. Emma Donovan’s huge, soulful voice suits the eeriness of this classic Australian protest song and the deep dub that Declan Kelly has cooked up works better than you can imagine.” Double J (May 2014)