Box Of Trinkets
Celebrated Brisbane pop-diva Katie Noonan has returned to her Georgian roots with an album of original songs brimming with her always-flawless vocals. Many will recall Katie's launch into the public consciousness as a part of the dreamy alt-pop rock outfit George, whose debut album, 'Polyserena', hit number one on the ARIA charts.
Since then she's gone on to pursue a variety of creative musical projects, from a solo album to her most recent release, 'Blackbird', which was issued in 2008.
But despite adding these many and varied strings to her bow, Katie says she's been eager to get back to â€œthat organic band approachâ€ to songwriting for a while now.
â€œI've kind of been dreaming up this album for the last three years, since I found The Captains ... I wanted to get back to ... more of a collaborative kind of approach to music making again,â€ she says.
â€œI had a great time making â€˜Skinâ€™ and â€˜Blackbirdâ€™, but I ... think with â€˜Skinâ€™ I was so determined to make a record that sounded nothing like George I kind of almost went a little bit too far the other way.
â€œI've left my management and decided to co-produce the record myself with Nick Didia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Powderfinger) ... It's made for obviously a more exhaustive process but ultimately more rewarding. I do feel like it's the most complete expression of myself in one album thus far.â€
Like many of the bodies of work Katie has been involved in, 'Emperor's Box' includes collaborations with a long and impressive list of artists: Tim Finn, Don Walker, Josh Pyke, Sia Furler and poet Tom Shapcott, who Katie describes as â€œone of the good things to come out of Ipswichâ€.
The track 'Sweet One' was captured on a 2005 sabbatical which saw Katie travel to London, New York and LA. In this sense, Katie sees the album as a collection of musical treasures she's collected throughout her extensive travels and life experiences.
â€œThe â€˜Emperor's Box' dates back to the Wang Dynasty. It was literally the box that the emperor kept all his most precious trinkets in. I like the analogy of that for an album in that like a good album it reveals more and more layers and more and more secret drawers.â€
Katie and the Captains play the Brisbane Powerhouse Friday June 25 and Joeâ€™s Waterhole, Eumundi, Saturday June 26. â€˜Emperor's Boxâ€™ is out now through Sony Music.