TINPAN ORANGE seduce an intimate crowd with their ‘Love Is A Dog’ album launch in Melbourne

By Deb Kloeden, Adelaide Correspondent in Melbourne

Venue: Toff In Town, Melbourne – May 7th 2016

Love is a dog coverMelbourne’s Indie-folk trio, Tinpan Orange, mesmerized their sold-out hometown audience on Saturday night, with their ‘Love is a Dog’ album launch. Hosted in the intimate stage room of the Toff In Town, vocalist, Emily Lubitz, led the captivated audience on a journey of emotions, passion and secrets. Each new song was introduced with an interesting description about its origins and meaning, adding a special, personalized touch that felt like we were having our own private conversation.

When talking about ‘Fools and Cowboys’, Emily explained that she wanted to write a song that gave advice about life to her children, but then realized that she didn’t really have much advice to give them. So she took to social media and asked her followers to share advice their parents had given them. In a short time, over 300 responses gave her the lyrics for her song.

The vocals in the opening track and lead single, ‘Rich Man’, remind me of Kate Bush or Cat Power and demonstrate Emily’s wonderful vocal range. It has a catchy chorus and dreamy accompaniment. The title track, ‘Love is a Dog’, as the title suggests, tells the tale of a broken love affair. Apart from songs off the new album, the band also played some of their earlier work including ‘Barcelona’.

Tinpan Orange consists of brother and sister combination Emily and Jesse Lubitz, both guitarists. Violin virtuoso, Alex Burkoy, who displays a real love affair with his instruments, joins them to provide a wonderful harmony of sound. “Love is a Dog’ was co-produced by Emily’s husband (Cat Empire trumpet player and vocalist) Harry James Angus. The 11-track album is their 5th release. They are taking their album launch around the country; so if you’re in Australia, I recommend you check them out.


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