The other side of Dawn

Townsville act Band of Dawn released their first new single since 2013 yesterday, and it’s well worth a listen.

Cinders is the band’s first offering from its long-awaited second instalment The Spinning Jenny, produced by Jeff Martin of The Tea Party.

The Spinning Jenny Vol II follows on from its predecessor by presenting the Eastern-inspired half of the ‘East-meets-West’ EP duo. Dawn, whose work is an homage to her rich Anglo-Indian heritage, says the first track to come off the new EP is the most meaningful song she’s released to date.

Cinders was written while I was working at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane,” says Dawn.

“I remember very clearly that I was working in Gallery 3.1; there was this beautiful painting of a bush fire that I would look at every day and the song started forming itself in my mind. I was composing the music in my head each day and at lunch I would call my own voicemail and sing the harmonies into my phone. It came together piece by piece over several weeks.

“The aftermath of a bushfire can be both devastating and a catalyst for new life and new possibilities. It was very meaningful to my life at the time, as I was dealing with big changes and big decisions looming, I felt as though I stood at a cliff’s edge.”

Cinders is an imaginative, string-heavy track, punctuated by Dawn’s hauntingly beautiful vocals and produced by the singer-songwriter under the guidance of Jeff Martin from Canadian rock band, The Tea Party.

“I was able to play quite a big part in the artistic direction of this song,” Dawn said. “Jeff understood that I needed to take over on this one.

“It was important to me that I capture the initial tension; the building of uncertainty and apprehension about what’s to come; and I think we’ve done that. The idea was to build suspense through the layering of sound to a point of complete surrender. I hope that the listener can become one with the music.”


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