Love Over Gold (Pieta Brown And Lucie Thorne) – Fall to Rise
Possibly revealing a secret crush for ‘80s Dire Straits, Love Over Gold is the moniker Pieta Brown (dwho has personally worked with Mark Knopfler and is daughter of Greg Brown) and Lucie Thorne (Australian singer-songwriter) have chosen for their first collaboration. Their promo photos show them dressed the same and anyone would readily believe they’re sisters. Which is appropriate, as their musical sensibilities are entirely congruent – they share a love of space, intimate tone, and warm, rich guitars.
When this collaboration was first mooted a couple of years ago, when the pair first met at the low-key Mullum Music Festival in Australia, I was intrigued as to how the two personalities would mesh – whether Thorne would add some melody to Brown, and Brown some new texture or attitude to Thorne. That certainly has happened on Fall To Rise (which features nothing but their two voices and guitars), but what is surprising is how much their individual personalities still shine so strongly. Neither voice has been diluted and yet their combination takes them somewhere neither has been before. I’d say that’s a sign of a triumphant alliance.
Inevitably, each voice/personality shines brighter in some songs that others. ‘350 Parts Per Million’ is unmistakably in Brown’s folk/blues idiom, whilst following track, ‘Little Bird, Gentle Bear’ is vintage Thorne. Picking a favourite writer over the ten tracks is a thoroughly enjoyable exercise (I know mine), but there are also four co-writes and the two tracks that follow the two aforementioned, ‘Causeway’ and ‘Driftless Now’ make for a beguiling mid-album climax.
Rhythms Magazine has put Lucie and Pieta on the front cover of our November issue to celebrate their first shows in Australia. Apparently their US shows so far have been really well received, so we’re looking forward to them down here. I’ll be sure to post some reviews.
By Martin Jones
The Rhythms digital iPad version with Lucie and Pieta on the cover is available from today at Newsstand or www.rhythms.com.au