Anousha Victoire is a weaver of everyday dreams, stitching together folk/world influenced melodies with bell-over-water clarity of vocal tone. The introspective singer-songwriter blends delicate ideas with a heart-aching immediacy.
Her songs span a range of sounds including her trademark fingerpicking folk guitar, thought-provoking lyrics and haunting vocal melodies, with glimpses of country and latin influences in amongst folk storytelling songs that could be timeless classics.
Once they discover her, her fans prove tenacious, if not downright possessive. Her debut EP launch in Newcastle was held in a packed but spellbound venue, creating a vibe that kept critics and fans talking for weeks, while the songs gained airplay on the ABC and independent radio network around Australia. That early release garnered glowing responses and a nomination for Best Female Vocals at the ABC Newcastle Music Awards.
Subsequent EP release ‘Icarus’ included another ABC Music Award-winning track, the haunting a cappella ‘Her Love Will Not Return’. The EP also included the powerful track ‘Last Man Standing’, which highlighted the plight of the last asylum seeker on Nauru at that time. Featured on the campaign website, the song also received ABC and Triple J airplay.
Those who enjoyed the early tours and releases will be pleased to hear that she has finally ended a decade-long hiatus to share a new full-length album with the world. The album includes new arrangements of key fan favourites and a host of new songs inspired by chance meetings and her travels doing humanitarian work, and the realities of domestic life back in Australia amidst dreams of more adventure.
The new album signifies a return to the love of pure songwriting after forays into musical theatre and cabaret style shows, as well as a break from the music industry entirely. The time away from music has provided a fresh vitality and energy in the songs and their delivery, thanks to beautifully arranged contributions from top notch session musicians as well as talented classically trained violinist Skye Harrison, a more recent inclusion in Victoire’s live line up.