"Moments of Clarity" is the debut EP by Melbourne artist Little Wise aka singer-songwriter Sophie Klein. Perhaps small in stature, she’s nevertheless got some big stories to tell and some musical wisdom to impart. Accompanied by new band members Miguel Rios, Megan Bernard, Conrad Tracey and Arlene Fletcher, Sophie will continue to spread a tasty trail of melodic crumbs for a growing fan-base, hungry for some of her warm folk-roots sounds. Little Wise's live shows sway between energetic and calming and incorporate a variety of instruments that include guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and stomp-box.
This five-track operation, including much-anticipated pre-released song Red Guitar, will cajole you into snuggling up by the fire with some cinnamon tea and close friends, and leave you pleading for a full album. Emerging from producer Aurora Jane’s Brunswick bungalow, the project brings together the talents of some seasoned and much-loved Melbourne musicians in Rosie Burgess (Rosie Burgess Trio), Sam Lohs (RBT; Fruit), Alex Burkoy (Tinpan Orange), Lou Cuming (Poco La Pax), Jude Perl and Paddy Montgomery. These songs seem to nurse an important, indispensible joy. Title track Moments of Clarity sets in place for the songs that follow a pervading feeling of curiosity and wonder and encourages the listener to contemplate why great, lucid moments of understanding are as evasive as quicksilver in the mind. In Soph’s words, the EP overall speaks to a “life that is pretty confusing, but is nevertheless punctuated by profound moments of clarity”.
released 30 May 2012
Sophie Klein: Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo.
Aurora Jane: Drums on tracks 1 and 3, backing vocals on track 1, guitars, percussion and more.
Alex Burkoy: Bass.
Sam Lohs: backing vocals on tracks 2, 3 and 4, drums track 2.
Rosie Burgess: Harmonica on track 3.
Lou Cuming: Trombone and trombone arrangement on track 2.
Jude Perl: Piano on tracks 1 and 4.
Paddy Montgomery: Mandolin on track 2 and Bazuki on track 4.
Megan Bernard: electric guitar on track 3.
Rodney “Poj” Pollak: acoustic guitar and backing vocals on track 5.
Joel Witenberg: percussion, keys, backing vocals and more on track 5.
All songs written by Sophie Klein.
All songs produced, mixed and recorded by Aurora Jane, except “Red Guitar”.
“Red Guitar” produced, mixed and recorded by Joel Witenberg.
All songs mastered by Jack the Bear at Deluxe Mastering.
Photos by Meredith O’Shea.
Album artwork and design by Shelley Krycer.