There's a sort of coarse beauty in the way that Cummings wields her distinctive voice, sounding almost blunt at times in a way that lends an eerie gravitas to the delicacy of many of her lyrics. There's also a welcome sense of immediacy in her work, like she's still in the process of figuring out how to properly use her tools while somehow sounding wise beyond her years. That freshness really comes out in Refuge Cove's austere nature and makes for a powerful debut.”
A woozy vibe that pulls you under, where you are left feeling drunk without touching a drop. Exquisite, desolate, beautiful – where Grace Cummings’ voice blazes a loving flash of energy like fire. The first thing that strikes an impression on this debut album, is the idiosyncratic and impassioned voice of Grace Cummings. Her voice sounding gritty, smoky, strong, sweet and then blazing a loving flash of energy like fire – like a combination of Sandy Denny, Odetta, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Marianne Faithfull...as the last piano chord ends, you are left wanting more
Cummings isn’t content to merely sing along to her melodies. She tears her low, surging voice to shreds, braying like she’s beckoning you from the opposite end of a crowded room. It adds an eerie, intense quality to her music—a desperation behind the calm of her arrangements...Nine songs feel like variations on one stark, psychedelic vision.
Refuge Cove affirms Grace Cummings as one of Melbourne’s hottest new talents...filled with raw power.
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GRACE CUMMINGS: STORM QUEEN ALBUM TOUR
Grace Cummings is a folk/blues musician influenced by 20th century poets and luminaries, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. Her songwriting is intensely personal and reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape.
In her short career, Grace has been invited to support Weyes Blood, Evan Dando, J Mascis and the Allah-Lahs in Melbourne. Her debut album, Refuge Cove, was released through Flightless Records, earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and Allmusic, amongst others. In July 2020, Grace released the track 'Sweet Matilda' as part of venerated indie label Mexican Summer’s Looking Glass single series, before landing a worldwide deal with US indie ATO Records (Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard). Her sophomore album, Storm Queen, will be released soon on ATO.
Cahill Kelly will open as a supporting act at 7.30pm.
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Supersonic events present Grace Cummings: Storm Queen Album Tour on Malthouse Outdoor Stage.
Malthouse Outdoor Stage is generously supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
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