For the artist at the peak of his or her creative powers, all that remains is to go bigger. The creator’s urge to pan out to widescreen in the pursuit of epic grandeur has yielded some towering opuses over the years – from Tolstoy’s colossal War & Peace to our own Tom Roberts’ celebrated large-scale paintings of life in the bush, including the classic Shearing the Rams and Bailed Up! Where the recording artist is concerned, it’s a creative drive that leads irresistibly toward the pursuit of the double-album: a form perfected by the eternal greats of the Sixties and Seventies and best exemplified in releases including The Beatles’ White Album, Springsteen’s The River and Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 sleeper-classic Tusk. For the inimitable Kasey Chambers, the release of intensely personal double-album Dragonfly – the singer-songwriter’s 11th studio release – is a timely and welcome milestone in an already storied career encompassing 11 ARIAs, 22 Golden Guitar Awards and 10 APRA Awards spread across two decades in song.
Kasey telegraphed her project with Dragonfly with the release of four-track EP Ain’t No Little Girl back in August, offering up a stunningly diverse sampler of everything the album will hold.
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