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Arts Film / Books / Music / Comedy / Theatre / Events Having spent the better part of her life as front
woman for one of the Australian music industry's
most iconic pub rock bands, singer songwriter
Adalita Srsen spreads her wings to record her self-titled
debut solo album and delivers a gutsy no-holds-barred
e ort that strips back the layers to reveal a musical soul
that is tensile steel on gossamer wings.
Produced with long time collaborator and former
Magic Dirt band member, Dean Turner, who sadly
passed away before the recording was released, the
album is a very personal endeavour for Srsen who credits
Turner for getting her to rst embark on the solo route.
"Probably around two and a half years ago Dean
and I decided to go through some songs I had that
had never been released and give them a life," recalls
Adalita. "Dean was pretty adamant that they were
good enough songs and deserved their own place. So
he really was encouraging me to give the solo thing a
go and do a solo album."
Adalita admits she was initially reluctant to act on
Turner's advice. "I wasn't that keen on it... It was out of
my comfort zone and I'd never really thought about it...
Without Dean, it probably would have taken me 'til I
was about 80 years old to get it out."
Even though the singer had been playing gigs for
nearly 20 years she still admits she found the thought
of getting up onstage or even recording sans band very
daunting indeed... "It's totally di erent -- and singing
solo -- it brought to my attention a lot of aws in my
voice. It was pretty traumatising. I wasn't really prepared
for how di erent it is."
Fortunately some solid touring towards the end of
last year testing out tracks has helped Adalita put these
demons to rest. "It's a work in progress -- a er a few
shows under my belt and having the record done I feel
a lot better about it and de nitely think it was the right
thing to do."
Still, she sorely misses the support of Turner. "But I
feel like we knew each other so well that I can imagine
what he might be saying to me right now. And this idea
that we had in the beginning and the excitement we had
about it...it's all come together in the end so it's good."
Critics have already commented on the personal
nature of the Hot Air EP, (which draws material from
the album) but Adalita confesses she never really
intended to write 'personally'... 'that's just how the songs
come out". "But I have enjoyed the minimal thing -- and
it has been less complicated..."
Adalita's album is out March 4 through Liberation.
For tour dates check myspace.com/adalitamusic
Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita releases her long awaited
album. By Cec Busby
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