Damien Leith

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Damien Leith’s musical odyssey has been nothing short of extraordinary, one which has played out before the eyes of a captivated nation. The Irish-born troubadour’s career went stratospheric when he appeared on, and subsequently won, the 2006 edition of Australian Idol. Along the way, Leith’s touching songs have captured millions of hearts and multiple platinum awards.

The singer-songwriter’s journey continues with the album Remember June, his third studio set and his strongest to date. The album embodies a maturing Leith, its rich textures of sound not light-years from the world-beating output of Keane and Coldplay. “This definitely feels like I’m slowly becoming the musician I’d like to be,” he muses.

It’s been years since he left his homeland, but Leith is feeling right at home in Australia. And it shows in his music, which has grown up and matured quite like this happily married, father-of-two. It’s a body of work whose underlying theme studies the highs and lows of life. But its not a ballad album, Damien stresses. “This album is not as personal as I’ve done before. It’s deep in some places, but it’s not necessarily lifted from my own life. Some of the songs definitely came from other influences.”

This time, Leith has drawn deep from the well of conceptual albums, the likes of which David Bowie and The Who would be proud. “I’ve always liked the big-sounding albums, with cool middle-eights, big choruses and big changes. Definitely with this album, I’ve managed to get certainly an element of that.”

In the process of writing and recording the album, Leith was simultaneously working on his novel, released early 2010. A follow-up to the artist’s “One More Time”, there are parallels between the songs on Remember June and the themes of the novel. “It’s sometimes difficult to separate yourself from the two forms of writing,” explains Damien. “I might write a strong or emotional chapter in the book and later that evening, subconsciously, write a song of a similar theme – it’s so easy to get attached to your characters.”


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