Grace Woodroofe got her lucky break five years ago when Hollywood actor Heath Ledger became enamoured with the then-sixteen year old’s early demos and persuaded the young singer-songwriter to move from her home in Perth, Australia, to California to focus on and develop her music. This led to the eventual involvement and production help of double Grammy winner Ben Harper, tours with Cat Power and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and, at last, to an international release for her spellbinding debut album, Always Want.
It’s a record crammed with highlights, not least the song she wrote about Ledger after his death in 2008 (titled simply ‘H’). Preview track ‘Battles’ is a perfect example of how devastating and sophisticated Woodroofe’s writing can be, casting herself as a middle-aged diner waitress who plans to poison a customer who never called her after she passed him her number on a napkin. All this over a wonderfully detailed, drum’n'bass-inflected backdrop, delivered in a low, hurt, almost sinister vocal that speaks volumes of fatigue and exasperation.
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