Having relocated to Chicago she immediately set about piecing together an album under the guise of Via Tania, with producer Casey Rice and various other Chicago musical luminaries, she shifted her focus to production, electronics and sound, offering her songs to act as powerful vessels for such experiments.
A little over four years since the release of her debut album Under A Different Sky, Tania is about to release a powerful and haunting sophomore titled “Moon Sweet Moon”, signifying a change in direction, dictated from the very seeds of songs and signifying a maturity and equal endless need to explore the unknown.
â€œThis record went through so many changes, stages, and re-inventions… I had a lot of moving around and trying to find out a place where I really want to be. ”
The recording of ‘Moon Sweet Moon’ began in earnest in Australia and took many surprising turns with musicians and sessions in the US and Europe. Ironically it was back in her native country, at a chance meeting that Tania met Texan producer Craig Ross, who has worked with many artists including Patty Griffin, Lisa Germano, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Johnston. Hitting it off immediately, Craig promptly invited Tania to record at his recording studios in Austin, TX where the seeds of Moon Sweet Moon were quickly planted and songs previously written by Tania soon began to flourish.
â€œI had no idea how much more we were going to (re) record. He is different in that, he brought out the songs in a new way for me. We got really into harmonies and vocal tracks. He would say that the whole point is to make the music as â€˜Taniaâ€™ as possible. At first I didn’t really get it, I thought it was Tania because I wrote it. He really wanted to shift the focus and didnâ€™t want me to hide behind anything particularly stylistic.â€
This time, Tania made a conscious shift from the complex and linear writing of â€˜Different Skyâ€™: â€œI was remembering my first ideas and ideals of songwriting from my teens,â€ she explains â€œI wasnâ€™t thinking about production or any aesthetic for the recordings, I was writing more like I used to when I was a kid, listening to Suzanne Vega.”
From the into of â€˜The Beginningâ€™ to the last lines of â€˜Songs of Loveâ€™, Taniaâ€™s vocals and songwriting are the centrepiece of the album, with Craig and the lady herself painting musical palettes around them for us all to dwell. With the Tim Burton-esque creaks and moans of â€˜In Light Yearsâ€™, the campfire balladry of â€˜How Comeâ€™ and â€˜Everyworldâ€™ to the 70s scando-disco of â€˜Our Wild Flightâ€™ the album eschews the need to follow trend for letting the songs live their own lives.
â€˜Moon Sweet Moonâ€™ is a musical statement of intent, an album filled with, as Tania describes it, â€˜moon popâ€™, sewn together by Taniaâ€™s startling voice and an array of skilled players including members of Tortoise, Shearwater, Australian rock outfit Ground Components, to name but a few.