MELISSA BLACK | THE EDEN PROJECT
Piano driven songs supported by solid groove, understated guitars and a conversational vocal delivery which evokes the rich Australian landscape and an empowering feminine essence ~ Heart Light Music
Black and white photography above and below by Natalie Barovsky
For the past decade Melissa Black has been a stalwart on the independent original music circuit steadily gathering accolades and building a loyal fan base.
A chance meeting with singer/songwriter Scott Bird led to a production meeting with Riversong Music and the team was assembled to work on 'The Eden Project'. Pre-production began mid 2016 and tracking started soon after. As the project developed the musical landscape was revealed and the imagery surrounding the songs came into sharp focus. The production team then developed filming ideas around the stories that were emerging from the songs, after spending time as participating artists at Tarkine in Motion 2017. The quality of the recordings and visual concepts led to Melissa becoming a Riversong Music family artist and a valuable contributor to their environmental arts project.
"I've had an amazing experience recording my new album with Riversong Music at The Back 45. Andy and Scott are an incredibly synergistic duo in the studio. They’re not afraid to push the envelope and the entire creative process is inspiring. I have found my authentic voice and sound."
- Melissa Black
THE EDEN PROJECT
Click here to learn more about the songs of 'The Eden Project'.
Buy the EP at the Riversong Music online store.
Photograph and Body Painting of Melissa on front and rear covers of EP as well as right hand side inside cover by Orly Faya. Photograph left hand inside cover by Wendy McDougall.
Melissa Black merges with a wild landscape in the remote north west of Tasmania, baring all in extreme conditions to raise awareness for the campaign to protect takayna, one of earth's truly wild places.
Deep inside the remote north west corner of Tasmania stands a remnant of the super continent Gondwana. This area known as takayna / Tarkine encompasses more than 400,000 hectares of mountains, plains, cool temperate rainforest, ancient river systems and untouched coastline. It isn't just wilderness; it is wild.
Late in 2017 a group of artists, musicians, filmmakers and support crew entered takayna, immersed themselves in the wild landscape and captured footage to support the release of 'The Eden Project', the debut recording for Melissa Black.
Melissa travelled over 2000kms from her home town of Tumbulgum on the far north coast of NSW to merge into the wild takayna landscape. The supporting short film 'Merging with takayna' and the visual clip for the title song 'Eden' was conceived, captured and created by a group of women who stood united to bring awareness to the takayna region with an environmental arts project which pays homage to country and the deep spiritual and emotional connection we have with our wild places.
This project was undertaken as part of Tarkine in Motion 2018 and is a collaboration between artists, filmmakers and musicians from Australia.
MERGING WITH TAKAYNA
Featuring THE SOUNDTRACK 'Red Blood Moon' by Melissa Black
Executive producers Melissa and Brian Stanton
Produced by Riversong Music
Directed by Trudi Bird, assisted by Wendy McDougall
Edited by Trudi Bird, assisted by Scott Bird
Contributing artists for the merge filming in November 2017 - Trudi Bird, Melissa Black, Orly Faya, Wendy McDougall
Other contributing artists for Merging with takayna - Scott Bird, Dan Broun, Tim Cope, Ignite Digi, Gabrielle Eve, Francois Fourie, Dan Haley, Daniel Johnson, Fraser Johnson, Lucy Landon-Lane, Lady Longdrop (Kendra Keller), Al Long, Nick Monk, Marcus Morrell, Ella Richmond, James Stone.
All of the artists involved in producing 'Merging with takayna' and 'Eden' are Tarkine in Motion Artists, supporting the Bob Brown foundation's campaign to protect takayna / Tarkine. For more information about the campaign please download the campaign booklet.