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Bonfires In Silver City

Lucie Thorne
Bonfires In Silver City

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The Bud

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Warwick McFadyen -The Age, August 2011

"Thorne's powerful intimacy [is] embedded in each song.
At times stylistically similar to the late Chris Whitley... Thorne
has breathed in love and life and returns both as art. Hers is a
poetic gift; Bonfires is a river of sound, its currents best revealed
the more deeply you listen."

Chris Peken - Alternative Music Group

“I’ve been listening to three great female artists in the last month;  the first two, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris require little  introduction to most, their bodies of work substantial, their standing  already verging on legendary. The third is a name lesser known,
but her album Bonfires in Silver City is undoubtedly the best of all three. Lucie Thorne is one of our own, and with this album she makes a firm statement that she is one of our finest. World-class.”

Rhythms Magazine - Martin Jones

“Bonfires In Silver City reveals a subtlety and craft that eclipses Thorne’s prior work.”

Ian Cuthbertson, The Australian, August 2011

“Mitchell fans will sense a resonance of 1976’s Hejira, for many her masterpiece, in Bonfires In Silver City....
While Hejira’s theme of geographical dislocation is missing from Bonfires, perhaps replaced with journeys of the heart, the records are strikingly similar; poetic, introspective works that have a solidity and wholeness.”

Orange Press, August 2011

“Bonfires in Silver City is a great ride… a beautifully subtle album of songwriter-rock presented with faultless production and delivery. Everything sits in its right place and serves nothing but the song, (and) Thorne holds your attention without demanding it, you just want to listen. She elusively conjures a post–60’s Joni Mitchell - that deep, rich but definitely feminine voice of hers sits marvelously amongst the songs she’s crafted. This lady’s got some serious talent.”

Drum Magazine, August 2011

“Somehow both restrained and edgy, Thorne retains her seemingly effortless ability to weave spaciousness into her songs, which makes them all the more enthralling. Bonfires In Silver City is further proof Thorne deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Australia’s first ladies of indie singer/songwriter fare”

Courier Mail - Noel Mengel August 2011

NO ONE is more surprised than Lucie Thorne that she wound up living at Bimbaya, population four.

It's a tiny locality in the Bega Valley, a six-hour drive south from Sydney. And not the most convenient spot for a songwriter whose career took off with the release of her fourth album, 2009's extraordinary Black Across the Field.

"It's a really beautiful little corner of the world though," Thorne says when I catch up with her there. "The nearest town is Candelo, with a thriving population of 300. It's on the edge of dairy country and just before the start of the South-East National Park."

"I lived in Melbourne for 10 years and moved here to make an album and that was three albums ago. I thought I would be here for six months but as the months rolled on I thought less and less about moving back to the city."

Not that Thorne gets to spend much time in rural bliss. She has toured frequently through Australia and Europe since the breakthrough success of Black Across the Field. "Even though I'm not here that much, it is a bit of a haven for me," she says. "Just the thought of having a home does a lot for keeping you sane."While much of the writing for Thorne's new album, Bonfires in Silver City, was done while she was on tour, there is something in her music which sounds like it's close to nature and the seasons, with its quiet nuances and wide-open horizons.

"When I started writing songs I was living in a shared house in Melbourne and when all my housemates were out I would stand in the stairwell where the acoustics sounded great and sing, thinking no one else could hear me.

"Of course it was a terrace and people could hear me six houses away, so having the freedom to make a racket any time of day or night is liberating.

"I don't know if where I live now is a direct influence on the music but I am a big fan of spaciousness and good old-fashioned dynamic range."

A more clear-cut influence is her musical partnership with acclaimed Sydney drummer Hamish Stuart in the studio and as a duo on stage.

"He's an extraordinary musician and over time we've developed an understanding where we're really on the same page. There are moments when you can make a lot of noise with an electric guitar and drums but there is the other end of the spectrum. There is a lot of room for us to move on the whole scale."

And always that music leaves space for Thorne's finely etched lyrics, vignettes which capture places and emotions with the same kind of quiet force that's in her music. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the Thorne family. Lucie's father is the acclaimed Tasmanian poet Tim Thorne.

"I think I did try to rebel against that as a kid. Being the daughter of a poet, well, it's a bit weird," she says.

"I used to be very staunch insisting that I didn't write poetry, that I wrote songs, but I let go of that distinction a long time ago.

"I grew up surrounded by books and music and big conversations. Of course my father had a huge influence on my love of words and the playfulness of language. I love to sing and play the guitar but playing with words is a compulsion central to my songwriting."

Growing up in Launceston, Thorne had something of a split personality. There was the kid who got a guitar because at heart she wanted to be in AC/DC. And there was the one who took her classical violin lessons seriously.

"For a long time I was convinced I would be a composer of music, on-the-page music, and when I moved to Melbourne I studied composition at Latrobe University. It wasn't until I took more and more time wagging class and sitting under a tree writing songs that I thought, 'maybe this is the direction I should take'."

She's just as fascinated with exploring the form of the three-minute song as she was when she started out.

"I love it that something small, a few words that I like the sound of or a little snippet of conversation I overheard, can be enough to spark a song.

"You can write a song about anything really. Trying to distil the everyday into tiny moments of poetry, that's the thing I'm always striving for. That's my trip."

Bonfires in Silver City (Vitamin Records) is out now. Lucie Thorne plays Beetle Bar, Brisbane, August 25.

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