Melissa Black is a musician and songwriter with a strong connection to nature, as evident on her new release,
The Eden Project EP.
For the past decade Melissa has been a staple on the original music scene steadily gathering accolades and building a loyal fan base. A chance meetingwith singer/songwriter Scott Bird led to a production meeting with Riversong Music and the team was assembled towork on ‘The Eden Project’. Pre-production began mid 2016 and tracking startedsoon after. As the project developed the musical landscape was revealedand the imagery surrounding the songs came into sharp focus. The production team then developed filmingideas around the stories that were emerging from the songs, after spending time as participating artists atTarkine in Motion 2017. Thequality of the recordings andvisual concepts led toMelissabecomingaRiversong Music familyartist and a valuable contributorto theirenvironmental artsproject.
On listening to the record the title track, ‘Eden’ shines as a key single from the EP, withan enticing piano, strings and guitar intro leading into the full instrumentation evoking comparisons to Neko Case’s album Hell On and Tori Amos.
The hooky chorus of ‘Fallen Angel’ sets it up as a great radio track and the song has already found a warm response on the soundslikecafenetwork.
A music mentor teacher forchildren and teens, Melissa is inspired by a broad musical pool.She cites her favourite artists as “most definitely the story tellers”, listingFreddie Mercury, Jeff Lynn, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Regina Spektor, Elton John for the melodies and Bernie Taupin for the stories, Kate Miller-Heidke, Aurora Jane andDiana Anaid.
Melissa is also a part of an exciting new short film called ‘Merging with takayna’, launching in July, which is part of the Tarkine In Motion project co-ordinated through the environmental action group offormer Greens Senator and environmentalist Bob Brown (Takayna is the name of the Tasmanian wilderness also known as Tarkine – Australia’s largest temperate rainforest which is the habitat of many of Australia’s most iconic animals, some of which are endangered).
Checkout Melissa Talking about the Tarkine and The Eden Project on 3CR Melbourne here
Piano driven songs supported by solidgroove, understated guitars and a conversational vocal delivery whichevokes the rich Australian landscape and an empowering feminine essence~ Heart Light Music
The Eden Project EP is out now through Riversong Music.
The video for Eden will be released on the 10thof May,
with shows to follow in July surrounding theTarkine in Motion exhibition in Hobart.
More tour dates below:
2nd May – Guest Host Australian Songwriters Association -Ground N Sound’, 6/23 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park Gold Coast 6.30 – 9.30pm.
17th May – Album Showcase -Boho & CoProspero St, South Murwillumbah NSW
18th May- Launch of New Shop + Album Showcase- Boho & CoProspero St, South Murwillumbah NSW
10th August – Album showcase for Fundraising Support for Cancer Function –
House of Gabriel, Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum NSW