BENJAMIN RILEY

Cyndi Boste has a musical style that’s difficult to pin down. The Victorian singer-songwriter has been described as alternative, blues and roots, country and, above all, lyrical.

She’s been entrancing audiences around Australia and the world for years with her guitar-based songwriting that puts the focus on Boste’s rich, soulful voice.

This year, Boste will play as part of a double-headline set with duo Dirty Lucy at the ChillOut festival in her adoptive home town Daylesford.

“I was in Melbourne up until two years ago. I’ve lived [in Daylesford] on and off over the years—I love it up here. Hopefully I’ve made a permanent tree-change. I love this community, always have,” she said.

Boste sees ChillOut as an important part of the Daylesford community.

“I think that the community’s really proud of ChillOut and takes pride in the fact that they’re gay friendly. And the town genuinely is,” she said.

“Even the teenagers don’t blink about gay stuff, which is nice.”

Joining her for the duration of her set on viola and mandolin will be Dirty Lucy’s Jodi Ludwig-Moore, who Boste says is everything she looks for in a musical collaborator.

“Someone who can hear the songs and knows when not to play is the key, I think. Leaving space is quite an art form, so finding those sorts of people who are really sensitive to the song is a hard thing but it’s great when you find it.”

Boste’s songwriting had slowed down in recent years so that she can focus on teaching guitar and songwriting, but she’s getting back into the swing of it.

“I’ve had a few little things start popping out, so I think it’s all back on its way again, which is nice,” she said.

Boste hopes that this momentum will lead to recording a new album in the next year or so.

But of course, while she acknowledged that practical realities can get in the way of a music career, what the future holds is anyone’s guess when it comes to Boste’s long-awaited fifth album.

“I don’t know if it’ll be this year, it might be early next year by the time I get something out, but hope springs eternal, so we’ll see what happens,” she said.

“I might just have a flurry of writing and magically there’ll be money in the bank to record another one.”

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