Our Swan SongLaura Jean
In 2006, Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean released her debut album 'Our Swan Song' on CD via local label Unstable Ape. A lush, pastoral folk journey, the album introduced Laura as a powerful new voice in Australian music. The album's first single 'I'm A Rabbit, I'm A Fox' earned Triple J high rotation and is still one of her best-loved songs. In the decade since, Laura has become iconic, renowned for the striking beauty of her music and the strength of her piercing, intimate lyrics. Her albums have been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, and nominated for multiple Age Music Victoria Awards. She has recorded with Paul Kelly and The Drones, toured with Adalita, Seeker Lover Keeper, Jenny Hval and Marlon Williams, and performed at the National Gallery Of Victoria, Dark Mofo and Sydney Town Hall. It was 'Our Swan Song' that made us at Chapter Music fall in love with Laura's music, and we were thrilled to start working with her on third album, 'A fool Who'll,' in 2011.
Over the years, many people have entreated Laura to reissue 'Our Swan Song' on vinyl, so to celebrate its tenth birthday, Laura and Chapter will reissue the album in a signed, hand-numbered, limited edition of 500 copies. Laura has this to say about her first album: “When I listen to Our Swan Song I hear different aspects of my early 20s experience jostling for space - I am revelling in my deeply romantic nature, guarding my budding sexuality with riddles and myth, then suddenly my pragmatism and strength burst through and I'm rioting against the limits placed upon me as a young female songwriter in the still primitive early 2000s Australian music industry. Always, the push and pull is tempered by a contemplative stillness that is ever present in my work. On Our Swan Song this thematic jostling is evident in my voice, still relaxing into itself, and my songs, sometimes meanings obscured by youthful self-consciousness. Thankfully I have some experienced and generous collaborators. The playful and responsive double bass playing of Alex Miller is the voice that answers my questions, the dimensional arrangements of Wally Gunn provide a reverent atmosphere and the sensitive and strange production of Simon Grounds make the album hit a mark square on, albeit an idiosyncratic one."