Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, producer and accomplished stage actor Grace Cummings will release her self-produced, sophomore album Storm Queen next month via Sugar Mountain Records/Virgin Music Australia.
True to its title, Storm Queen is a body of work with its own unruly climate, governed only by the visceral quality of Cummings’ spellbinding and devastating vocal presence, as heard on stage opening for the likes of Weyes Blood, Evan Dando, J Mascis and more. With most songs captured within the first few takes and featuring unexpected flourishes by Cummings’ peers in Melbourne, the album showcases a vast and volatile emotional landscape from one of the most captivating folk artists to enter the scene in years.
In the making of Storm Queen, Cummings reinforced the self-possessed naturalism at the heart of her artistry, ultimately distilling her vision down to its most elemental essence. “In the past there were times when I’ve let other people’s opinions affect me too much,” she says. “But with this record I learned that I’m allowed to influence myself instead of taking in anyone else’s ideas. I learned to completely trust what I see and hear in my head, and I stuck with that and just focused on creating what I love the most: something real and raw and ugly and beautiful.”
To celebrate the incredible album, Grace Cummings and her band will be performing the album Australia-wide across Jan/Feb 2022. Arriving in Sydney in February.
Feb 4. Low 302, 302 Crown St, Surry Hills.
Feb 5. The Great Club, 160-164 Livingstone Rd, Marrickville.