Ellie Lawson - The Philosophy Tree (2005)
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Rock, Pop, Singer songwriter | Label: Whatever It Takes Records - 74245-1Despite an initial push for her single "Gotta Get Up from Here" in late 2004, Atlantic Records declined to release Ellie Lawson's debut album, The Philosophy Tree. Shortly after being dropped by Atlantic, Lawson picked up the pieces and got herself an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' successful daytime talk show. Following that appearance, Barnes & Noble came to the rescue, arranging an exclusive release of the album through its retail stores, and in August 2005 Philosophy Tree finally appeared.
Never realised the breadth of the "Pop-Sike" genre until I heard Fading Yellow, a really fine compilation that hangs together beautifully as an album. That most of the tracks are obscure isn't surprising: everything is a little odd, a little ramshackle, with a strong melancholic undertow and not a little creepiness. Of course, this music is also specific to a particular time in Western pop music history so there's a strong nostalgic element, but the knowledge this music could never be exactly replicated is what also makes it so fascinating. Recommended, in a warm and loving 60s way.
In candid interviews with Bruce McAvaney, 12 Australian Olympians reveal what happens when there are no personal bests left to chase and what, if anything, replaces the euphoria of elite sport. They’ll share the highs and lows, the glory and heartbreak, not just of sport but life itself, in a powerful half hour that goes far beyond the Games.