Bree Tranter cut her musical teeth as vocalist, flutist and keyboardist with The Middle East: the Townsville group whose sudden split in 2011, announced onstage at Splendour, left us all wanting more. Since then, Tranter has been a full-time touring member of Matt Corby’s band and in June this year she released her debut solo album, Another Night on Earth. It’s an 11-song collection that shimmers between two atmospheres: moody R‘n’B inflected electronica and jazz-infused live band numbers. It’s all bound together by Tranter’s ethereal voice, which has hints of Hope Sandoval, The XX’s Romy Madley Croft and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons.
Broadsheet: You’ve been making music and touring both as part of a band and as a solo act. How do the two compare for you?
Bree Tranter: I definitely found my confidence by being on stage with other people and supporting them. It is a daunting thing to be the centre of attention and watched so closely, so it’s hard to adjust to. But I think that’s why I now feel happy to express my heart and let people in and have a good time leading for once. They are very huge extremes but I love that they have both worked together in my life to create who I am.
BS: Songwriting heroes?
BT: Erykah Badu, My Morning Jacket, Beach House, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Radiohead and Willie Dixon.
BS: Apart from music, what inspires you?
BT: I really have become attracted to filming and editing. I find it amazing that I can capture nature beautifully doing its thing with light and colour. I find that I am always inspired by being outside and by friends. These are the things outside music that take me higher and get me through the day.
BS: Fantasy support slot – any artist, any era, anywhere?
BT: My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks in Colorado.
Melbourne Sun November 20, The Toff in Town
Sydney Thu November 24, The Oxford Circus
Brisbane Sun Nov 27, The Foundry