Australian songwriter and accomplished storyteller Carus Thompson has today announced the release of his first record in over 5 years “ISLAND”, along with a national tour of Australia to celebrate the album hitting shelves on February 3.
Like an Australian Springsteen or Mellencamp telling engaging and intelligent stories through song is what Thompson does best, and on his eagerly awaited follow up to 2011’s “Caravan”, the Fremantle based Troubadour digs even deeper into the Australian psyche. Setting his acoustic sights on dissecting a country where refugees, isolation, apathy and Ice have taken over the national conversation, Carus Thompson is making a grand statement about modern Australia, and through a lyrical cast of authentic characters in suburban settings, is telling the stories we rarely hear, but desperately need to.
After a career spent living, writing and recording on the road, both at home and abroad, Carus Thompson stepped outside of his comfort-zone, and did something completely different with his new album; he stayed home. With two young children, Thompson returned back to his hometown of Fremantle and started using his life‟s work – songwriting in a different way – to help young people in trouble, at risk, or ill, and from underprivileged areas.
Working with organizations such as Headspace, Canteen and The Australian Children’s Music Foundation Thompson found his skills from a life of touring and performing, meeting and connecting with different kinds of people every night made him perfectly prepared for trying to reach out to and empathise with young people.
“On the road, every person you meet has a story, and you can learn something from everyone. But you need to be open to hearing their story, you can’t expect people to empathise with the characters in your songs, if you don’t empathise with people”, said Carus. “Songwriting has always been a way that we document and try to make sense of our lives. When you have young people, who feel ostracized and powerless, for them to be able to express and own their own story and perspective, through the incredibly direct and immediate form of a song – this is a very powerful thing.”
With no long international tours on the backburner for the first time in his life Thompson found more time to give back and connect with his community. This re-engagement with the real Australia caused him to look around more intently at his country and the people in it and begin to develop the albums theme of isolation – both mental and physical – which run throughout “ISLAND”.
“In doing this kind of work, I started to realize how vulnerable and imprisoned so many people are here… Australia has in itself become isolated internationally with our approach to refugees, this lack of compassion I believe has seeped into everything and everyone. Our suburbs have become Islands at sea, our homeless people are marooned, crystal methamphetamine and mental illness are forcing young people into loneliness”
Despite its somber tones and deeply moving concept of loneliness, “ISLAND”, which was recorded alongside super producer Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac, Dustin Tebbutt) isn’t designed to be a depressing album, but rather a think-piece, written and produced in a powerful and beautiful way.
A true Australian troubadour, Carus has been circling Australia since 1995, recording, writing, playing and exploring Australia, Europe and beyond, while reflecting our changing culture. Across his five studio albums “Songs from Martin Street” (2003), “Long Nights Are Gone” (2004), “Three Boxes” (2007), “Creature of Habit” (2009) and “Caravan” (2011), Carus has explored both the sunny exterior and underbelly of Australian life and performed or recorded alongside the likes of John Butler, Damien Rice, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, The Waifs, Charlie Owen, David Lane and Nicky Bomba.
His 2017 release”ISLAND” explores even deeper into the Australian psyche, setting his acoustic sights on dissecting a country where refugees, isolation, apathy and Ice have taken over the national conversation.
“ISLAND” is out on February 3 through MGM Distribution wherever great digital music is sold or streamed.
Buy the CD from http://carus.musicplug.com.au or on iTunes from Feb 3rd 2017.
CARUS THOMPSON ‘ISLAND’ LAUNCH TOUR 2017
with his full band & very special guest Nathan Gaunt
Sun 12 Feb (matinee) – The Grace Emily, Adelaide SA Fri 17 Feb – Mojos, Fremantle WA
Sat 25 Feb – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove VIC Sun 26 Feb – Grampians Festival, Halls Gap VIC
Wed 1 March – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat VIC
Fri 3 March – Republic Bar, Hobart TAS
Sat 4 March (matinee) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC
Sun 5 March (matinee) – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Fri 10 March – The Quarry Ampitheatre, City Beach WA
Tickets and more information from www.carusthompson.com