The Cakekitchen, Kangaroos In My Top Paddock (2009)
The work of Graeme Jefferies (and for that matter brother Peter) should be better acknowledged but it’s fly-under-the-radar stuff. That’s probably how they want it, in that you don’t write songs like Graeme Jefferies does with an ambition to hit the pop charts. But you do write them with heart, integrity and talent; with a rare skill. Well, I say you write them and I of course mean that’s what he does. He does what actually so few can do. This is a wonderful record – a limited run of 300, numbered (mine is 155). Many of these songs feature Australian content, place-names, references – no surprise given the album’s title. And it was largely constructed in Australia, songs written, worked on, recorded – then the best of a bunch were committed to wax. I love this record. It’s one I feel very lucky to have. Given to me by Jefferies, via a friend. I don’t know Graeme Jefferies. But I know him through his music. Low-key as it is. How low-key? Well, after I was given this album I was told that I had in fact attended the launch of it. I had to think about that for a bit. You see I saw him play a set in Mighty Mighty one night after a Shihad gig. He was wonderful even as people talked over his tunes. He didn’t fight it, he just ploughed on. I felt lucky to catch the glimpses and traces of his songs that night. I’d stumbled in there by accident really. That, apparently, was the launch of this album. I really love his songs.
Sample Track: It Don’t Work Out
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