From the media release
‘Harrod pours herself, every inch, sinew and synapse, into the songs…she gives you goosebumps.’ John Shand, SMH
Like many great artists, singer songwriter Tina Harrod, continues to push boundaries and blaze a path of her own. Her acclaimed album of jazz infused covers Worksongs (2008), then the visceral and cathartic album of originals Temporary People (2010) rightly saw Harrod recognized as one of Australia’s finest singers. Now with The Revolution is Eternal Tina Harrod once again explores new territory with an album of original songs co-written with bassist/composer Jonathan Zwartz and the great LA based pianist and Hammond organ player Larry Goldings, and produced by award winning composer and piano player Stu Hunter.
‘I like the fact that I don’t know what to call this music,’ says Tina ‘Obviously this album is a combination of a lot of the musical influences in my life up to now … soul, pop, r&b, folk … I call it ‘gutbucket soul’ for now.’
‘I wanted to make a different album…something modern. I didn’t really know how I was going to achieve it until I started working with Stu Hunter. Once we started working on the demos, I knew I wanted Stu to be involved on a deeper level. I could see that we were doing some interesting stuff together and I wanted to go in that direction.’
The result is an album that spans a range of musical textures and emotional shades from the dark, electronic spaciousness of songs like ‘Holding On’ and ‘The Revolution is Eternal’ (‘Gil Scott Heron’s masterful album ‘I’m New Here’ inspired me to keep going and try to move ahead as an artist’ says Tina) to the uplifting swing of ‘Sometimes’ and the powerful, everything-laid-bare soul of ‘What is a Woman’ and ‘Sweep Me Off My Feet’.
Tina Harrod can sing about love, loss and pain like no other. In baring her soul, both on stage and in her recorded work, she channels personal experience into universal themes that continue to resonate long after the last note has been played.
‘I feel like I’m at the place I’m supposed to be artistically,’ says Tina ‘I don’t feel this is the end of the line…I know I haven’t made my best album yet but with this album I feel I’m getting closer to what it is I’m trying to say.’
‘I saw the words ‘The Revolution is Eternal’ as graffiti on a wall and it really struck me so I wrote it down. I used it to explore a big man/little man theme, big business versus all the little people. Now the song is finished I can see that the concept of the revolution is eternal can mean many things including the eternal revolution within each of us’
Thurs Sept 12 – 505 – 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills, Sydney as part of Sydney Fringe Festival www.2013.sydneyfringe.com
Tina Harrod on the web www.tinaharrod.com