the AU turns nine: a quick catch up with Adelaide’s Naomi Keyte

Adelaide songwriter Naomi Keyte joins us in Sydney next week to help us celebrate 9 years in the game, set to perform on a live music line up that boasts both BOAT SHOW and Bad Pony. That’s three very different artists on one bill and we can’t wait.

For Keyte, 2017 has seen her step back into the local spotlight. Having performed with a number of projects in Adelaide over the last few years, Keyte took some time out to refocus and reinvigorate. Creatively, this saw Keyte’s material take a turn toward the more thoughtful and evocative end of what was a maturing songwriting spectrum, the final result coming in her debut album, Melaleuca.

A minimalist alt-folk record with pop music strung throughout, Melaleuca sits comfortably alongside releases by the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Julia Holter, while as a live performer, Keyte has continued to flourish as a solo artist.

“2017 has been kind of enlightening.” Keyte says. “I released my debut album, Melaleuca, and then had to take a break due to illness (yep, the black dog). In the past few months I’ve been booking loads of shows and putting together a tour with Parlour, which is something I’ve wanted to do for ages (thanks Parlour!). I’m also about to announce a couple of shows in New Zealand and Tasmania, which has been on my wish list for ages. So, in a roundabout way, this year is shaping up to be kind of dream-like.”

While her plans for live shows are extending to our Antipodean cousins, Keyte is also working on new material to further develop on from what Melaleuca put down.

“I’ve just started writing for a new EP that I’m planning to release next year.” she reveals. “I’ve been talking with the incredible female producer Anna Laverty about working together on a couple tracks. The sound is a bit more soul/pop, I guess it’s a bit sexier. I’m super excited about making some more film clips and collaborating with some other artists.”

Naomi Keyte performs live at the AU review’s 9th Birthday Party in Sydney on Wednesday, August 30th at The Lansdowne. RSVP to attend for free here!

Follow Naomi on Facebook here and check out her Parlour gigs page here.