Beware, Bree Tranter‘s debut album Another Night On Earth will completely disarm you in all its lush abundance. Earth yourself with the rainforest vibe on Daintree, go full retro-lounge on Deja Vu, get feeling-myself-sensual on Tuesday Fresh Cuts, dance it out with synth-pop More Sex And Love…and that’s just four of the delicious tracks on offer. In Melbourne winter darkness, WildnFree asked ex-The Middle East-ern lady Bree all about her debut album, just after she’d awoken in summer Norwegian light, courtesy of her day job (!) as Matt Corby’s touring keys player.
After exploratory chats about midnight sunshine, the fiercely independent production on Another Night On Earth is discussed. “I’m a weird thinker who keeps it all in my head, so I’d roughly plan the album out a month ahead, so the process was quite DIY organic,” she explains. “It ended up being recorded in nine different studios, eight of them in bedrooms, then the last session in a proper Sydney studio for three days with a live band.”
Bree’s eclectic production style is evident in the rich mix of genres and styles peppering Another Night On Earth. With sounds ranging from ambient-electronic, to sultry lounge, to jazz-funk, to synth-pop, to somber piano and vocals; Bree’s conjured up a feast that keeps you guessing all the way, but not without a little help from her friends. “When I was working to develop the songs past the chords and melodies, I’d get my housemates’ SPD and write beats” she shares. “Other friends would also come by and hop on the SPD to help me out. So, a lot of the tracks ended up electronic that way.” Other tracks were developed whenever she could get enough jam-time with friends. “Every song’s so different” she says, “not because I was consciously trying to do different styles, but because it was 100% whatever I had on my hands at the time.”
Opener Daintree offers a pertinent example of the album’s DIY ethic. The meditative New Age snippet was recorded on her phone during a rainforest trip, with flutes, bells and chimes added later. “This is off the top of my head, but I think putting in the rainforest sound is maybe about where I come from,” says Bree, a North Queensland native. “I think it’s about what I know helps to relax me, which is music, and therapeutically, which is nature.”
“Moving to the city and figuring out your identity and love and your place in a concrete world, is hard” she says, reflecting on her move to big smoke Sydney. “I was in the Daintree Rainforest with a friend, and got my iPhone out to record the super beautiful sounds. Then I said, “Fuck I wish I had…” and stopped recording, totally spoiling the moment!” she says. Bree decided to include the rude interruption on her album as a testament to her own self-sabotaging ways. “I could be in the most beautiful place in the world with someone I love, but I still want more.” she says, honestly. “When I moved to Sydney, I was never content. You always want more if you’re not happy with yourself. The album is a lot about the struggle to find love when you’re not loving yourself.”
Dreamy You Always Take Me Higher explores the struggle managed through the unbeatable forces of friendship and weed. “I was struggling in my bedroom alone, going through low points writing the album, so I used marijuana to take me out of my headspace,” she shares. “Plus, an unbelievably strong friend of mine helped me, she took me higher, she got me out of it.” Bree then states the obvious with beautiful simplicity. “We need help, we always need help to get out of our heads” she says. “Sometimes we need marijuana and sometimes we need friends.” Agreeing on the intrinsic helpfulness of both, the self-love journey at the heart of the album is then tentatively discussed.”I know it’s hard, but I have to do it,” says Bree, of the endless self-love battle. “It’s hard to understand I am talented, I am loving, I am enough. Saying it to yourself and accepting it is really hard.”
Fuck yes, but you’re by no means alone Bree. We’re all on that journey, stuck on various points of the road, helped by such wonders as friends, music and weed.
Right now, buy the album. Here’s a sample, WildnFree’s favourite, the undeniably sexy Tuesday Fresh Cuts filmed on the streets of rainforest-free Sydney: