Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

New Pop Direction; Folk Singer Martha Wainwright Tries New Sound for Come Home to Mama

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

New Pop Direction; Folk Singer Martha Wainwright Tries New Sound for Come Home to Mama

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MARTHA Wainwrightas family may be one of the better known in showbiz, but unlike say, the Kardashians, itas for sound artistic reasons. Daughter of beloved iconoclastic troubadour Loudon Wainwright III, daughter of Kate McGariggle, one half of the McGariggle sisters, who have worked with Nick Cave, for starters, and sister of acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, she comes from pretty good stock.

With the release of her new album, Come Home to Mama, which features such outstanding players as producer Yuka Honda, Julian Lennon, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and Dirty Three drummer Jim White, sheas demonstrated again that sheas a worthy exponent of the family business.

aIave taken the genetic benefit and sort of run with it. I would say that a lot of people do what their parents did, their families are lawyers, doctors, mechanics, so I think thatas normal when youare growing up and surrounded by people doing the family business,a Martha said.

aItas kind of lazy probably and unoriginal but it also struck me, of course, as being a fun lifestyle and Iam a competitive person to an extent a my parents are doing this, my brother was doing this, so I wanted to see if could write a song as an experiment and once I started doing it they were already particular to a style, they were very Martha Wainwright-esque, and then of course it was more fun to do that than anything else, so now Iave boxed myself into a corner.a

While she was inevitably influenced by the music she was weaned on in her Montreal home, surrounded by banjo-plucking, accordion wheezing folkies, the sounds of her own private musical sphere have dominated her new record.

aI have so many influences in my music. This record was a bit of an offshoot of the producer, Yuka Honda, who brought in a lot of her own influences as well. She steered away from the sort of Americana or folk album I usually write, sheas probably more a pop producer,a Martha said. …

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