In the Groove
Just as Mary Poppins changed what we expect from nannies, Gyan changes what to expect from a singer/songwriter. Following her 2007 collaboration with cartoonist Michael Leunig, Billy the Rabbit, Superfragilistically is a magical series of vignettes that feels like a book of short stories by the likes of Roald Dahl, Peter Carey or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There are plenty of great first lines that set the tone for each track: “I can’t explain/ why I felt this pain/It must have been the chicken or the way it was killed” from Fowl Play or “We saw a priest in the ice cream store” from Priest or simply “www dot com au” from www. The musical accompaniment is rich and varied, sometimes simply a homely piano or guitar and at other times orchestrated with strings, trumpets, tubular bells and an assortment of other timbral colours. The lack of drums throughout draws you in and gives the album a very sensitive and intimate feel. The album confronts the digital download brigade on two fronts – in addition to the usual photos and lyrics the packaging contains full scores of two of the tracks (for all you enthusiastic note reading music buffs out there), and it is also available on vinyl. Superfragilistically was produced in Byron Bay and features some of the cream of the region’s musical and production talent. Gyan is launching the album at the Byron Community Centre on Saturday night.