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“Abby Dobson’s voice is a rich, warm bear hug of a thing long missing from Australian radio”
Courier Mail, QLD
“RISE UP instantly reminds its listener of the delicate and deeply emotive quality of Dobson’s voice from the first to the last”
Sunday Mail, SA
“”There’s no mistaking the distinctive voice of former Leonardo’s Bride front woman Abby Dobson”
“Dobson hasn’t lost her knack for a great pop hook”
Daily Telegraph 4.5 stars
“Dobson shows growth and an emotional range with lyrics that feel like she’s whispering in your ear”
“Abby Dobson offers a solo album that spotlights her ear for a well-crafted pop tune”Sun Herald
“That marvellous, dreamy and very distinctive voice is back... “
“Dobson has risen up from where she’s been hiding and proved she can soar high as a solo artist”
“Abby’s voice is breathtaking ... as good as any in this country”
Music Australian Guide
“To finally hear Ms Dobson’s distinctive tones across a whole album is both a relief and delight”
“As one might expect, everything here sounds gorgeous”
ABBY DOBSON BIOGRAPHY
It was the 70s and, as the youngest of 5, Abby felt it was important to develop her own musical tastes. so her first musical love affair was with the Sesame Street records. Her older brothers were listening to Genesis’s Foxtrot album and David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’, walking around the house in their bogarts singing the Velvet Underground’s ‘…and the coloured girls go –“do do do, do di do do”’...
There was a lime coloured playroom with beanbags and a couple of acoustic guitars lying about.
When she got old enough, she’d come home from school and get one of her older brothers or sister to teach her a new chord. Once she got 3 chords, a whole new world opened up. No longer did she have to sing along to the radio into a tape recorder, she could make her own music... beatles songs and neil young songs and Cat Stevens... the songs that had only 3 chords in them anyway.
After leaving school, she wandered around the world singing for her supper in new york subways, greek islands and Parisian tequila slammer bars; eventually getting the barmen to ‘slam’ on the beat.
She returned to Australia and started the band Leonardo’s Bride with Dean Manning and went on to make some wonderful records with them, including the gold selling ‘Angel Blood’ with its top 5 single ‘Even When I’m Sleeping’ which also won the coveted APRA Song of the Year award and, later, voted APRA ‘Top 20 Australian Songs of all Time’.
Since then, Abby has done more travelling, including some inner mountains she had to climb, and so bowed out of the spotlight for a few years, working on smaller musical projects, assisting friends with their recordings and promotion and quietly getting together a body of work to prepare for her debut solo offering.
After waiting til the numbers fell off the clock for some amazing producer to come to the fore to helm the project, and being fired by a couple of producers for being too unwavering in her vision for the album, she finally rolled up her sleeves and decided she was the only one who could make her record the way she wanted it.
So she enlisted the expertise of great engineers Phil Punch at Electric Avenue and Chris Townend at Big Jesus Burger in Sydney, and some wonderful people who joined her at crucial stages in the making of her sparkling new album ‘Rise Up’.
Robert F Cranny, Sarah Blasko’s musical partner, turned up one day when she was stuck on a couple of songs and helped her produce ‘Horses’ and ‘I’m Not Missing You’. Her neighbour at the time, Tony Buchen (Baggsmen, Buchman), also co-produced several tracks on the album with Abby, like the first single ‘Shining Star’ and ‘High Like Heaven’.
Paul Mac played some beautiful piano and Wurlitzer on a lot of the songs. The enigmatic David Lane added some twinkling magic too.
The legendary Jackie Orszaczky built extraordinary string arrangements for a couple of her songs; ‘See What the Morning Brings’ and the closer, ‘Rise Up’. Her old mate from Leonardo’s Bride, Dean Manning, came on board at the end of the project to record some overdubs and help her get the tracks ready for mixing.
Wooing him with plates of honey and almond spread on rice toast, the super-hero that is Paul Mckercher finally mixed all the songs at 301 in Sydney to be then mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York City.
Some of the amazing musicians that have lovingly played on this album and helped breathe it into life are: Mark Axiak ( iota, Sandrine), James Haselwood (The Dissociatives, Mia Dyson), Naomi Radom (CODA, Josh Pyke) , Robert F Cranny (Sarah Blasko) , Nicholai Danko (78 Saab), Pat Wong (Leondardo’s Bride), Stella Mozgawa (Mink), Ivan Jordan (Paul Mac), Marty Hailey, Tim Curnick, Jared Underwood (CODA, Carla Werner).
Lara Goodridge (Director)
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