Brisbane folk artist Mardi Lumsden has just released her debut album Hiatus, a collection of dreamy folk songs filled with heart, soul and commentary on human nature.

The next step in an already long and illustrious career, Hiatus is an 11 track delight showcasing Lumsden’s signature ability to weave heartfelt stories together using banjos, keyboards and electronic drums to create a unique genre of dream folk – a fusion of the ethereal atmospheres and textures creating a mixture of dream pop with acoustic-based folk.

Recorded and produced by her husband Andrew Pennay in their converted church turned home studio, tracks such as Juniper Trees, Someday and Treasure Like This are delicate, warm and truly uplifting. The album’s release is punctuated by the focus track Fiore, written under the inspiration of an Italian summer and the beauty of letting go of relationships. “It’s about releasing your expectations and accepting that endings also mean new beginnings,” Mardi explains. Her most recent single, Heading Home, also featured on Double J’s Tower of Song with Henry Wagons.

Previous success for Mardi Lumsden has included songs from her EP, Wherever you go there you are, being featured on Australian TV shows such as Channel 7’s Winners and Losers, ABC’s Dance Academy and ABC’s Time of Our Lives. Also recorded in a church turned recording studio (ARIA winning producer Magoo’s Applewood Studios), Classified from the EP received the Q Song Award in the Folk/Ballad category and was nominated for Song of The Year as well as an Australian Songwriting Association award.

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