Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter husband-and-wife folk duo Two Lions launch their new EP Ember.
Known for their well-crafted storytelling and memorable melodies, Chris and Kara Mallory’s new EP – named after their eighteen-month-old daughter – is a musical diary of their journey into parenthood.
Tell me about the new album.
The new album is a 5-track EP called Ember, recorded at Deva Studios. We won five days’ recording time from winning the 2014 Dolphin award for Song of the Year so we decided to record some new material.
What was the concept?
The EP was written and recorded in the lead-up to our daughter Ember, and it is essentially a diary of the thoughts and feelings of our journey into parenthood.
How has your sound and your approach evolved since you began?
Our first EP had a pretty full production with drums, bass etc, so this time we decided to keep the production simple and try to let the songs speak for themselves.
You have a baby on the way – was this album part of the gestation? Has having children slowed you down?
Yes we have a new baby coming in August, and that is a big part of the motivation to get this new EP out before we have two children younger than two. Having a child has definitely slowed down the amount we can play live as a duo but I am still hungry as ever for a career in music; it just makes you more disciplined and changes the way you work.
How are you managing the Russian fame?
Ha! To be honest, it is all a bit surreal for me to understand. It was a big shock initially when a friend of mine showed me footage of myself on Russian news, but Mullumgrad is a long way from Moscow.
What should we expect for your album launch?
I am really looking forward to the show. It is going to be a very stripped-back night heavily featuring vocal harmonies and performances from talented local musicians Maple and Bethanie Jolly.
Adding to the evening is Maple – uber-talented sisters Bridget & Monica Brandolini PLUS support from Bethanie Jolly. Tickets $20 at the door.
Club Mullum at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services on Saturday at 7.30pm.