With her third record since 2008 slated for the studio this November, Melbourne artist Amaya Laucirica is slowly but surely pulling out solo sets to hone the material.
She’ll again be tracking the latest songs at Atlantis Studios with Dave McCluney, the man who brought the artist’s second record Early Summer to life. With almost all of the demos done with, Laucirica is filling her time with a perpetual wave of writing and is rather sanguine about where she’s at creatively.
“It’ll be good to have more songs up my sleeve,” she says. “It’s always better that way I think and I’m happy with how they’re sounding. I can already visualise what the album is going to be like, which is good.”
Performing solo at Castlemaine’s Bridge Hotel, the latest live music venue in Victoria (run by Melbourne’s Old Bar team), Laucirica explains that the set will feature music old and new, with loads of variation on the cards. “When I play solo, the music has more of a folkier edge opposed to the rock ’n’ roll or psychedelic edge of the band, but I’ll be introducing backing tracks to mix it up, which will be interesting.”
The country show will provide a nice break for Laucirica to get away and enjoy a town she hasn’t frequented in the past – a town that both retains that rich Goldfields-era feel, yet is constantly advancing, with its gourmand scene, nearby design houses in Bendigo, iconic Theatre Royal and, now, live music venue in the form of the Bridge Hotel.
“Somebody described it [Castlemaine] to me as the ‘North of Northcote’…a lot of people seem to be moving there or visiting, so this weekend should be quite nice,” she says.
While a sonic departure from 2010’s Early Summer, Laucirica’s new album is still coming from the same place, the same heart. “I can say that there is more light than shade in these next batch of songs, so I’m really excited about recording again,” she says.
Lyrically, the impending record is still loose in form, with no definitive subject matter offering itself to her as yet – that comes right at the end for this imaginative unit. “It [the concept] presents itself in the final stages of recording, and I find the mixing process is where you can kind of create a conceptual world for the songs,” she says. “So at the moment it’s just really all about serving the songs, but already I can visualise how it will turn out.”
Continuing to tap into a non-linear thread via her writing process, Laucirica explains that she’s forever preferred penning songs that have a psychedelic, edgier quality to them, pushing them sonically “to achieve that dreamy, hazy kind of place and variation in tempo.”
Her recent Mark Lanegan support would teach her plenty about what it takes to capture an aura through live storytelling. Pleasantly startled by the “lovely and humble” nature of one of rock’s more daunting figures, Laucirica is teeming with confidence.
With Lanegan imparting advice where he could, the experience taught Laucirica much about live performance. “He just becomes the song and puts on a performance and there’s not a second where he’s not in that song,” she urges.
And what about that gravelly, sexy vocal! “That voice and the way he commands it is amazing and just that control,” she laughs. “It is one of the best performances vocally from anybody I’ve ever seen.”
Although Laucirica’s record label Departed Sounds is sadly no more, the musician is shopping for new lodgings and views the process as a renewed creative start. “I’m about to start sending out demo CDs to prospective labels so in a way it’s really a new beginning and new beginnings are always good, so I’ll be interested to see what happens next.”
Amaya Laucirica plays the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine on Saturday July 28 with support from local singer Ruby Bergman. $10.