WHEN one of this country’s most loved voices releases new music, people take notice.
Formerly with high-achieving indie act george, Katie Noonan boasts three ARIAs and a national No.1 album on debut.
Her musical journey encompasses pop, classical and, like here latest effort with Elixir, stylish, organic, mature jazz.
Combining with friends Stephen Magnusson (guitars) and Zac Hurren (vocals, sax) and a superb string quartet, the vibe is bare-boned but beautiful.
Make no mistake, Noonan is the star here but the musicianship and composition cannot be ignored.
The title track, Pierrot and the uplifting Hemispheres are worth a listen for these reasons alone.
Radiohead’s Last Flowers To The Hospital is expectedly haunting while Split Enz’s normally rousing I Hope I Never gets a sharp yet ambient makeover.
IN SHORT: Intriguing