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Words by Steve 'Habibi' Kelk | Pics - Micah Barnes & Steve 'Habibi' Kelk

Electronic-folk artist Xavia, a recent signing to Alice Springs label SING HUM, has released a lush and fulsome single ‘Horizons‘. With this track, the NT Song of the Year finalist has cemented herself amongst the vibrant and growing collage of talented artists of all stripes that has congealed in the Central Australian township in recent years, helping to make Alice Springs a major artistic hub in this country.

This writer first saw Xavia performing live on cello with Resin Moon at this year’s Wide Open Space Festival, held in the desert outside Alice Springs. The cellist and session musician, originally from Adelaide and having lived and performed in the USA and Europe, has a long musical pedigree as one-half of the sibling duo BrotherSister (Triple J Unearthed winners). Xavia’s elegance and poise behind the cello on stage was palpable that night and these traits run right through her electronic production ‘Horizons‘. Commencing with floaty vocals and autoharp, looped beats and synth enter to give this track an otherworldly sound and a feel inspired by the desert landscape of her adopted Centralian home. A visit to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) featured in the artist’s writing processes to help create this delicate but forceful musical exploration. ‘Horizons‘ invites the listener to inhale the ancient landscape of the Central Australian desert and its timeless stories.

Darwinites will be able to catch Xavia performing live at this year’s Darwin Festival on August 17 and, back home at the Alice Springs Desert Festival over September 28-30.

Horizons‘ will be available from August 3 from SING HUM, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Triple J Unearthed and all the usual suspects. Get on it.

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