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On July 17, Eleven: A Music Company (under license to Vagrant Records in North America) will release Missy Higgins’ The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, the breakout Australian songwriter’s first album in five years and her debut for the label. U.S. tour dates will be announced soon and the album will be available for digital pre-order on May 29. Recorded in Nashville, and produced by Brad Jones (Jill Sobule, Matthew Sweet) and Butterfly Boucher (David Bowie, Sarah McLachlan), the album’s twelve new songs represent the boldest, most experimental – yet irresistible – music of her career.
And they almost never happened.
In 2007, after generating over one million global album sales and a U.S. gold single, performing on top shows like Conan, Kimmel and Leno, logging over twenty TV syncs, and selling out venues like NYC’s Terminal 5 and LA’s Orpheum, Missy quietly backed away from music. “I guess I had a bit of an existential crisis,” she says. “I thought, how do I become happy? If this doesn’t give me fulfillment, what will?”
She found the answer in University and volunteer work. And eventually, she found it again in music. “Everything I have experienced over the last few years – the ups, the downs, the uncertainty, the questioning and all the lessons learned – have made it on to this album,” says Higgins.
“This is a new era for me, being independent and calling my own shots,” says Butterfly Boucher of her self-titled album out April 10. Originally signed to the now-defunct but once mighty A&M records, her ‘03 debut Flutterby drew notable mentions from David Bowie, Madonna, Ben Folds and Sarah McLachlan. But Boucher was caught up in the decade’s label maelstrom, and was unable to release her second album until 09. Now, as not only a performing artist, but also a multi-instrumentalist, writer, arranger, and producer – she’s funneled her multiple creative outlets into the making of Butterfly Boucher with an adventurous and experimental spirit, crafting smart indie-pop with alt rock muscle.
Boucher recorded in Nashville with co-producer Jamie Kenney, and she played most of the instruments — including guitar, bass, drum, piano, synthesizers, and other odds and ends. “While making this record, I found that child-like joyful to creating music again, which I’d been craving,” she shares of her lushly layered, yet not overly ornate album.
Her joy in the process is evident on the lead track “5678!” “This song makes me super happy. I wrote it with my friend Katie Herzig — we decided to take on the challenge of writing a dance song. A couple of my sisters have mentioned that it reminds them of the music I used to make when I was ten years old, when I was just messing around and having fun with a 4-track cassette recorder. It made me so happy to hear them say that.”
“The Weather” and “I Wanted To Be The Sun” were the first songs she started recording for the album. “I was originally set on the album having a three-piece band sound to it, so it started out that way with me just playing guitar, bass and drums. However, my friend David Mead approached me about starting a 3-piece band with him and Lindsay Jamieson, and the band Elle Macho was born. It changed the whole direction of my solo album — it freed me up to experiment with no limitations on what instruments I let myself use. I started looking at each song as though I was scoring a short film, each one having it’s own world and emotions.”
And she’s not limiting her talents to her own solo work. She spent much of 2011 producing fellow Aussie Missy Higgins forthcoming album, touring as a bass player and vocalist with McLachlan, as well as working with a new pop trio Elle Macho. “Everything broadened when I allowed myself to go beyond my solo music, collaborating with others has been key to keeping my own creativity bubbling as well as my sanity!”
Boucher is dedicated to continue producing, writing and playing for other artists but it is her own music that exposes the depth of her talent. Like her previous album Scary Fragile, Television and Film have already began picking up her original songs both in the US and abroad. Stretching the gamut from sincere to playful, her high voltage electric pop inhabits a world of pure creativity where fragility and force are complementary, where indie rock accompanies heartfelt vulnerability.
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