If you know anything at all about Australian music, of course, you already know who Adalita is. You know her from Magic Dirt, who for nearly two decades has been one of Australia’s most respected and influential bands. You may well have grown up with her music, watching it evolve from the freeform distortion-drenched darkness of the early ‘90s to the confident, poised rock’n’roll of ‘Girl’. Or you might be a new fan, just beginning to explore her solo work released under her own name. ‘Adalita’, her first solo record, captures her at her most raw and unaffected showcasing the breadth of her songwriting talents, from the quiet introspection of songs like Perfection and The Repairer through the more rocking Jewel Thief and Goin Down to the cryptically-titled and evocative instrumental Lassa Hanta. With the layers of instrumentation stripped away, leaving only the bare bones of the songs themselves, the stark and heartfelt album earned her an AMP prize nomination and an AIR Award for Best Independent Album.
This year sees Adalita heading back into the studio to make her second solo album. Stay tuned for new music from Adalita.