From New Amsterdam Records: “NOW AVAILABLE: ‘The Vanity of trees’ and ‘le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton'”

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Padma Newsome from New Amsterdam Records

New Amsterdam is excited to announce the release of
The Vanity of trees and le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton, the latest releases from Padma Newsome — acclaimed Australia-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, conductor, arranger, and frequent collaborator of bands such as The National and Clogs. Out today, The Vanity of trees is available in digital and CD formats, and le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton is available exclusively through New Amsterdam’s Windmill Series.

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The Vanity of trees

The Vanity of trees is a sonic essay inspired by the landscape of Padma Newsome’s home of the past 14 years, Mallacoota, Australia. The small town of about 1000 people sits along an inlet of the Tasman Sea in the far eastern corner of Victoria, along the edge of wild sea and forest. “Beauty and a stifling harshness exudes: a seeming wonderland of internal rarefied struggle,” Newsome says of the landscape, where he lives a lifestyle of reflection and seclusion.

Newsome constructs a warm sonic world that explores the woods that envelope his life in the country, including the character-filled trees that have become his closest neighbors and the life they support — Koalas, Lyrebirds, King Parrots, Wombats, Possums, Goannas, and sporadic humans and households. In addition, the record looks at the isolationism and toughness in remote country, the desolation that emerges and destroys families and lives.

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le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton

le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton is the inspiration behind Clogs’ release, The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (Brassland, 2010). Scored for six bass clarinets, the music features performances by his sister Sue Newsome, and is available through New Amsterdam’s digital-only, subscription-based Windmill Series, with full release forthcoming.

In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

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