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Songstress Loene Carmen, described as inhabiting ‘an intangible, magical, rarefied space, somewhere between Tom Waits and Dolly Parton’ has independently released four critically acclaimed albums.
Current opus It Walks Like Love has received glowing reviews (‘magnetically absorbing’ ‘completely compelling’) and solidified her ever growing reputation as a songwriter of note.
Since its release Carmen has toured opening for a diverse range of artists including Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Renee Geyer, Mick Harvey and the Mess Hall, performed on Rockwiz, showcased at SxSW and Canadian Music Week. Carmen has also toured Europe and the US, and collaborated on and off record and stages with members of the Dirty Three, Bad Seeds, Beasts of Bourbon, Mess Hall, Holy Soul, The Scare and Paul Kelly.
From the psychedelic bedroom dub of 2002 debut Born Funky Born Free through 2004's spacious post-folk confessionals Slight Delay (which saw Rolling Stone calling her ‘a spectral temptress’) and 2007's Rock N Roll Tears (‘a lo fi rock n roll/blues tour de force’), Carmen has evolved a classic sound that exists in its own time and creates its own world.
Carmen can imbue her musical narratives with a glistening visual quality that renders the average comparable work a dull monotone text in comparison…the beauty of the French chanteuse and the intensity of the Dirty Three. It Walks Like Love is more than a record – it’s an intense, passionate and periodically confronting statement. You can almost see and feel the love walking beside you. (Patrick Emery, Beat)
It’s always been about the voice...beauty and danger, knowing and innocence, sex and longing, and love – both sacred and profane... Loene Carmen’s individual mix of torch blues, gothic country, with occasional outbreaks of smoky nightclub has seduced many who hear it. She sings it, you believe her. And that’s enough. (Ross Clelland, Drum Media)