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Maxine Kauter with Marcus Gordon


Stalwart artist of Newtown’s folk and indie-pop landscape Maxine Kauter returns with a refined, increasingly intimate take on her sound. Produced by Nick Franklin (guitarist for Australia, engineer for Clews, The Polish Club), together they focused on sparsness while putting together Magic Machine. “We wanted to make recordings that were anti-overproduction,” says Kauter. 

For an advanced stream of ‘Magic Machine’, click here

This is the fourth release for the now Austinmer-based song writer. She is known for her intensely literate, witty lyrics and Cat Power-esque voice.

In its tracks, Magic Machine addresses our wilful ignorance towards a forthcoming dystopia in ‘Things Everyone Knows’. On the nuanced love ballad 'I Don't Know Yet' she turns her mind to the beautiful ruin of exposing yourself in love. And her track ‘Real Life’ captures one of the core themes of the record; she explains, “It’s about trying to ride the fantasy of love through the shitty reality of what life actually is.” 

Kauter explores the things we desire, things that so often lead to further dismay when that desire overpowers us – and how sometimes your biggest battles in life become catalysts for new beginnings. “This album is about fantasy colliding with reality,” she says. 

Most of the tracks were recorded in one sitting with the help of double bassist Shannon Haritos, and drummer Beck Clarke and were inspired by Fiona AppleAni Difranco and Daniel Johnston. Fans of Julien BakerAlex The AstronautCat Stevens and Stella Donnelly will adore Magic Machine

Kauter will tour Magic Machine in the Illawarra and surround in October.  

Thursday October 11 – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul

Earlier Event: October 7
Callum Wylie
Later Event: October 13
Franks 3rd Birthday celebration