Amaya Laucirica

If one were to summarise Amaya Laucirica’s music in a single word, that word would be transcendent. It’s a fitting word, because it describes both the genre defying nature of Amaya’s music and the effect her music tends to have upon the listener.

Born in rural South Australia, Amaya moved to Sydney at age 18 before finally settling in Melbourne. Consequently, themes of change, upheaval and movement can be foundwithinher songs, which yearn for places and things unseen.

In 2008, Amaya Laucirica released her debut album, Sugar Lights. An intriguing and beautiful blend of country, folk, rock and pop, Sugar Lightswas critically lauded and awarded “Album Of The Week” by RRR radio and “Single Of The Week” by Rave Magazine.

As bold a debut as Sugar Lights was, it is Amaya’s latest album, Early Summer, that truly defines her sound. Early Summer is denser, more detailed and darker than its predecessor, yet at the same time, retains the rawness, hope and beauty, which made Sugar Lights such an enticing debut.

Opening track, “Most Times I Feel Alright”drifts between a mysterious suggestion and an intimate confession, its overlapping shades of light and dark drawing the listener effortlessly into the album’s interior world before unexpectedly opening into the gloriously rich second track, “This World Can Make You Happy”, complete with chiming guitars and sweeping strings.

Darkly suggestive and richly textured, track three – “Climb Up High” – marries an edgy yetheartfelt vocal melody to instrumentation which is alternately distinct and blurry, conveying an impression of clarity underscored by uncertainty.

Over theremaining seven tracks, the album maintains its constant shift between darkness and light, sadness and hope. These competing shades are perhaps best exemplified by the eerie “Sleeping In Your Shadow” and the poignant and unadornedsimplicity of “Marry Me”.

Effortlessly beautiful and unapologetically abstract, Early Summer speaks directly to the heart and soul, bypassing – indeed, transcending – the ordinary rhythm of the everyday.