AFTER 10 years of not hearing a peep of original material, it usually sparks assumptions of a career on the rocks.
In Kate Ceberano’s case, the award winning singer-songwriter has managed to bring herself back from the brink of cover albums with her latest mix, Kensal Road, which includes 11 brand new and original songs.
Ceberano said motherhood and other artistic projects took her time away from song writing.
‘‘Largely becoming a mum, I feel a responsibility towards my daughter and I diversified across TV and more commercial projects to stay in the arts,’’ Ceberano said.
‘‘Directing a festival and making a couple of albums of covers, lullabies and other assorted projects.
‘‘I felt the time was right to get back into writing and commit to an originals project again.’’
Kensal Road was recorded in London with songwriter/producer James Bryan, and given a final mix back home in Australia.
The album includes elements of folk, pop and nu-country, and was partly inspired by chart-topping artists including Feist and Lana Del Rey.
‘‘I had been listening to some new artists, Feist and Laura Marling and enjoying a return to my hippie roots a little,’’ Ceberano said.
‘‘Music from my childhood, with Hawaiian, bluegrass, ukulele.
‘‘Hearing all this coming back into the charts was refreshing and I could see myself enjoying touring this.
‘‘I wanted a relaxed organic sounding record, and with artists like Mumford & Sons and Vance Joy being the flavour of the month, it’s kind of infectious.’’
Ceberano is travelling the country to promote Kensal Road.
One of her stops is an in-store performance at Castle Towers on Saturday, at noon.
So far the album has been given the tick of approval from Ceberano’s toughest critic — her nine-year-old daughter, Gypsy.
‘‘She said to me the other day ‘mum you’re not old fashioned any more, I could hear this being played on Nova FM or Triple M’,’’ Ceberano said.
‘‘I said ‘don’t get ahead of yourself kid. But I love you for saying so’.’’