Tinpan Orange are one of Australia’s most loved brother-sister outfits. With the ethereal and mesmerising Emily Lubitz at the helm, joined by her brother, guitarist Jesse Lubitz and violin virtuoso Alex Burkoy, Tinpan Orange’s heavily stylised dark-folk-country music combines the highest levels of song-craft with an aching, sweeping romanticism.
Tinpan Orange released their sixth album Love Is A Dog on April 8 2016 to critical acclaim, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews and wowing audiences nationally and abroad. They toured Europe on a 17 date jaunt supporting The Cat Empire in October/November 2016 and return to Germany and France in February 2017, followed by a series of tour dates around Australia including Australia Day on the Rocks, Nannup Music Festival, PANAMA festival and Yackandandah Folk Festival in March.
Inspired, as always, by love, Love is a Dog is a collection of eleven songs is an exercise in musical portraiture: a rarified, naturalistic world, in which the few essential elements have been arranged to perfection. The deep, throbbing tremolo guitar, the shimmering strings, and the fine threads of Emily Lubitz’s gossamer voice, are the defining components of this album that isn’t reliant on tricks of production but rather the raw, live performances that each band member brings.
Uncompromising in vision and astonishingly beautiful in execution, Love Is A Dog represents the culmination of a decade’s
work. Recorded live, the chemistry between siblings Emily and Jesse is undeniable – the effortless mastery of blend that is only born from a lifetime’s singing and playing together. Alex Burkoy, full of gravitas on the violin, gives his greatest performance yet – the stark playing imbued with a sense of profound humanity.
The opening track, Rich Man sees Emily’s voice soar into a gentle falsetto, the band simmering beneath her as she tells her cautionary tale. Love Is A Dog is heartbreaking ode to the end of a love affair, with Jesse’s harmony perfectly complimenting Emily’s melancholy refrain. Lucky One and Hear From Me bring a lightness to the album, providing some key sing-along moments. Light Across The Water is a smouldering and emotional peak in the record while Leopards is a folky finale, pervaded by the luscious harmonies that have come to define this band, its soaring climax is a perfect end to a deeply considered album.
Premiered by Rolling Stone Magazine, and receiving four and five star reviews in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, “Love Is A Dog will break your heart in the way only luscious, story-rich folk music can, by experienced troubadours no less,” says journalist Annelise Ball from Wild N’Free.
Produced by Tinpan Orange and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson), mixed by Adam Selzer (Jolie Holland, M. Ward, She and Him), and engineered by Matthew Neighbour (Missy Higgins, Matt Corby, Courtney Barnett) Love is a Dog is a luscious and melodic new offering from this prolific band.
The band have with Martha Wainwright, The Cat Empire, Jen Cloher and The Waifs, they have toured North America and Europe, won Triple J Unearthed 2013 and Emily’s voice was heard by 120 million people for having sung the train safety viral sensation ‘Dumb Ways To Die’. They look forward to writing new work in 2017.