Ed Kuepper’s Lost Cities
FOUR decades after the release of his first record, the iconic Australian classic [I'm] Stranded by The Saints, Ed Kuepper returns to Byron Bay with Lost Cities, an album that may well be considered a high point in his lengthy and uncompromising career.
We had a chat to the musician ahead of his Byron Bay show next week.
Has the creative process changed in any way for you over the years? Has it become easier?
I don't think things have changed that much for me. I tend to be most productive when I knuckle down and focus on the task at hand.
I don't think it's become easier because I try not to repeat myself too much, so there isn't a particular formula to go to. In some ways it even gets harder because finding the time is difficult.
What can audiences expect of this latest tour?
I'm going to be concentrating on the new album and developing the sound that I've arrived at on Lost Cities. I'm playing and singing a bit differently so even the older material that'll be included in the set will be approached that way.
It keeps everything fresh, challenges both me and the audience a bit and keeps things moving forward.
Hopefully there'll be a couple of surprises as well.
Tell me about Lost Cities, is there a theme throughout the album?
Musically and artistically it has a strong coherence I think. I wanted it to hang together as an album not just a collection of tracks.
The songs flow into each other and hopefully make you want to play it again when it's finished.
Lyrically, the themes are ones I've looked at for a while but hopefully with a new twist" things like deception, aging, love, loneliness, isolation but also a couple of illusive semi-fictional stories.
At the Byron Theatre on Sunday, April 24, from 8pm. $36.