Legendary lead vocalist and guitarist of Magic Dirt, Adalita, is set to release her third solo album, Inland. It is set for release on Liberation Records for the 2nd of December, almost 9 years after her second effort, All Day Venus. To herald the new album, first single, Dazzling has been released with an accompanying clip produced by Adalita alongside filmmaker/director Adam Harding.
Says Adalita “Dazzling was a surprise to me when I wrote it. It immediately was a little different to anything I’d come up with before and was one of the songs that took the longest to record. It’s been a constant companion for the last 9 years.”
Grit and persistence has seen her push through and deliver her finest accomplishment yet—a masterly work that demands to be heard – an epic achievement that at one stage during the long production process she feared might never eventuate.
“I knew when I was writing the songs that they were BIG songs. But it didn’t become apparent until I was well into the recording that it was going to be a mammoth task and there were moments when I thought about giving up. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved. I also feel an immense sense of relief that it’s finally finished.”
She has been working away at Inland all that time, in amongst a host of other creative pursuits, all of which Adalita applies equal enthusiasm and passion to, including a welcome reformation with her Magic Dirt bandmates in 2018 to the delight of their loyal fanbase, and an impressive slew of national touring in many guises, including recent Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan tribute shows, and a performance at the most remote festival in the world, the Big Red Bash. The COVID years haven’t slowed Adalita down either. Her web-based Sunday Sessions were a huge hit in 2021 with fans in lockdown.
Adalita explains the visual aesthetics that support the new album are as important to her as the music. A keen photographer, Adalita created the monochrome self-portraits for the album’s artwork. And she worked closely with friend and filmmaker Adam Harding to create a collection of stunning music videos. The pair traversed her home state of Victoria, employing the landscape as their canvas in locations like Charlton and Lake Tyrrell.
“As I’m listening to the music, I’m also dreaming up the accompanying visuals, which for me is a huge part of bringing the album to life. The shooting schedule was intense. We put our shoulder to the wheel every day for six weeks, we were totally in our element.”
Inland sits solidly as the next step in Adalita’s impressive body of work. Building on the guitar-driven pulse of her first two solo albums, you can hear echoes of her previous sound alongside bold new experiments in tempo and tone.
Where she goes next is guaranteed to be exhilarating. As well as plans for various other creative projects, Adalita says the album’s final track, ‘Abandoned Houses’ offers a hint of what’s to come musically. “This song feels like the start of a new direction. What that may be I am yet to find out myself, but perhaps something a little different.”
ADALITA ‘INLAND’ ALBUM RELEASE TOUR DATES
Feature Photo Credit: Lisa Businovski