Infuse the styles of PJ Harvey and the Black Keys with a 78 Gibson Les Paul and you’ve captured the deliciously distinctive sound of Sydney singer Tammy Ingram. The ex-member of Ezmerelda has just released her solo EP, Modern Love.
Since Ingram grew up listening to David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Carole King and Marvin Gaye, it comes as no surprise that Modern Love is an amalgamation of different genres.
Described as indie-folk, rock grit and lavish pop, Ingram’s melodies are highly creative, which she attributes to her experiences travelling the globe.
Travel is a great inspiration, as your surroundings always shape the content and type of songs you write -¦ My brain switches into observational mode when out of my surroundings, so that always lends itself to a new creativity, Ingram said.
The EP’s foundations were laid in the jungles of Belize, a tiny Central American country south of Mexico. It was here that tracks like Songs For New York found their inspiration.
Good Fight is another song that reflects Ingram’s diverse travels. It is about how the world functions and how privileged we are to live in such a developed nation. It’s more of a social conscience song -¦ it’s the odd one out but I think it still fits into the album, Ingram explains.
While Modern Love stands as the artist’s first solo release, she is far from a newcomer to the Australian music scene. In addition to providing the vocals for pop-rock group Ezmerelda -” which landed widespread support from Triple J radio -” Ingram has performed alongside names like Kate Miller-Heidke, Bernie Hayes and The Falls.
Ingram is zealously establishing herself as one of Australia’s favourite female artists. Her spunky attitude and audacious lyrics are already gaining the attention and respect of music connoisseurs around the country.
With a national tour having kicked off earlier this month there is no doubt that this Australian female soloist will be sticking around for years to come.