The team at Bloodlines and Mushroom Group have put together an easy, soul-filled album that is one to put on for your slow Sunday mornings or to listen to with your family or friends whilst enjoying some fun isolation activities.Recorded and broadcasted virtually for 2020 ANZAC Day concert of the same name, Music From the Home Front captures the feeling of being at a live benefit show/festival that we are all deeply missing.
The album is filled with home grown Australian and New Zealand talent with cherished household names such as Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee and Guy Sebastian along with many younger, well-loved musicians that have been spent recent years performing on the Australian music festival scene. Younger fans will recognise the names of G-flip, Dean Lewis, Vance Joy, Bliss n Esso and Vera Blue who have all contributed to the album with a mix of originals and outstanding covers of classic songs that I delighted in hearing for the first time. A standout in the album was DMA’s cover of the classic Better Be Home Soon. Their deep and expressive voices worked beautifully for the Crowded House ballad. G-Flip’s original About you and Biss n Esso’s Moments featuring Kate Cebrano and Vince Harder manages to bring a fun and refreshing energy to the album that will get you up and dancing in your kitchen or living room. The wiggles even jumped on board for the little ones, performing the live version of their COVID-19 awareness song The Handwashing Song.
Spirits are lifted during these testing and uncertain times with a performance by Crowded House of their classic Don’t Dream it’s Over and a captivating cover of the treasured INXS Never Tear Us Apart performed by Jon Stevens, Andrew Farriss and Isabella Manfredi. The album ending beautifully with Jimmy Barnes Ian Moss When the War is Over featuring The Barnes Family and James Morrison performing The Last Post on the bugle.
During unprecedented and unique times of togetherness, Australians and New Zealanders united as we would annually for the 25th of April 2020 ANZAC Day through the Music From The Home Front. Now you can experience this unity for yourself with the double CD available from the 19th of June and triple vinyl from the 31st of July. The recorded copy of the virtual live benefit inspires beautiful moments of reflection and commemoration for our ANZACS and frontline workers who have fought hard during testing times to keep our home safe. In buying yourself a copy of this soul-filled album you will be supporting Australian Charity Support Act where 100% of profits go towards crisis relief for artists, crew and music workers. Stay safe and be kind to one another.
Written by Hayley Sutter