Two friends, musicians from different backgrounds, wondered what would happen if they got together once a week and wrote songs. Late on Wednesday nights, just after the week’s hump, Leena drove out of Melbourne and over the length of the West Gate Bridge, west. After a green tea and a spin of both sides of a Dusty, Dolly, Ry Cooder or Sam Cooke record, the conversation deepened and settled on the subject of the week. A poem by Rimbaud that moved her, a lost lover that haunted him or a moment that had defined them. It was so easy to find common ground, so easy that the words and the music came fast and like a river. They wrote one song a week until there were 10. This body of work reflects 3 months in the lives of two country folk in city bodies, lost in time, blinded by lights, soft in heart, clear in the intent to say something true and have fun doing it.
Born in Hobart, raised everywhere from Bangkok to Paris to San Francisco, multi instrumentalist and songwriter Leena Thavisin was a touring musician for 10 years. Signed to EMI/Capitol records, she made a record at the infamous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with Joe Chicarelli (U2, Frank Zappa, The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket). She has toured with Rufus Wainwright, Paul Dempsey, Tim Rogers and more. After a two year break from touring, she is now studying Civil Engineering by day and playing music by night.
Shane Reilly was born in Adelaide, played in a zillion bands there then moved to Melbourne and did the same. This culminated in the release of a solo album in 2009. During this time he became one of the country’s most in-demand pedal steel, piano and guitarists, playing with Tex Perkins in "Band Of Gold”, who released their self titled album three years ago to much acclaim. This collaboration has endured and Reilly and Perkins play in the long running and successful, Helpmann award winning show (best concert performance), "The Man In Black”. Late last year saw the release of Lost Ragas a self titled album by a band formed with the ARIA Award winning and Steve Buschemi looking Matt Walker (he hates that, ha!). As well as being an accomplished producer, he has played live and recorded sessions for many other artists such as Sime Nugent and Van Walker.
Voix D’Or, pronounced 'vwa door' and meaning golden voice is from the poem ‘The Orphan’s New Year Gifts’ by Arthur Rimbaud.
Often they start at the clear gold voice of
Morning, beating it’s metallic refrain
Over and over in it’s glass world.