Kaurna Cronin Releases Reflective New Album ‘Harsh Beauty’ & Embarks on European Tour (Album Out June 24)

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Previous Support for Kaurna Cronin

Artist of the Year – Folk Alliance Australia

Best Solo Artist Nominee – Australian Folk Music Awards

Emily Burrows Award – APRA-AMCOS

Roots Album of The Year for ‘Glass Fool’ – ARBA

#5 on AMRAP Regional Chart for ‘Inside Your Town is Inside Your Head’

“Think Husky, think Passenger, think Ryan Adams, this album [‘Glass Fool’] is incredibly beautiful in the instrumentation and melodies, and it is sure to charm the pants off you.” (Forte)

“Like the best singer songwriters, Kaurna is both a keen observer of life and a great teller of tales.” (Australian Musician)

“Cronin’s vocals are at his best; crisp but with a warm huskiness that seeps through the fervent zing of horns and harmonica.” (Rip It Up)

“Kaurna has brought his storytelling prowess to ‘Our Way’ melding the sense of love and connection to galactic themes.” (Scenestr)

“A true force of contemporary folk, Kaurna Cronin is a distinguished artist and globally recognised performer.” (Out Now Magazine)

“Kaurna Cronin has a voice that leaps out and grabs you, taking you for a helluva ride.”
(Declan Byrne, Triple J)

Stream ‘Harsh Beauty’

Watch ‘Never Said’ Music Video

European Tour Dates


Multi-award-winning contemporary folk aficionado and self-proclaimed globetrotter Kaurna Cronin has been leaving his mark over the past few months in the lead up to the release of his brand new album ‘Harsh Beauty’, out on June 24.

Previously named Folk Alliance Australia’s ‘Artist Of The Year’Kaurna Cronin is known for invoking intense emotional responses through his stirring folk storytelling, celebrated as the recipient of the APRA-AMCOS ‘Emily Burrows Award’, as well as being known for his extensive tours around Europe and Australia.

Now, delivering his eighth album since his debut, Kaurna Cronin aims to reflect on the environment’s effect on humanity with an 11-track exploration into how we broadly perceive ourselves and the lands we live – and how this land influences our beliefs and ideals.

“‘Harsh Beauty’ is a reflection on how our environment shapes our cultures, lives and personalities; as we leave our mark on the world – so too, do the landscapes we traverse cast themselves upon us,” Kaurna Cronin elaborates.

“Touring to many different countries and cultures, I am fascinated by how human characteristics and personality traits can be seen in parallel to the surrounding physical landscapes. It is as if we are adapting our social and political environments and aligning our language, visual aesthetics and behaviour to mimic our physical surrounds.”

Opening with gravity-defying single ‘Our Way’, Cronin reflects on vulnerabilities in relationships paired with compromise and understanding with an orchestral folk-rock power illuminated by pulsing strings, spacious riffs and a decadent harmonica solo.

Next, we find ‘Unknown’, a bittersweet folk ditty inspired by the Paul Keating ‘Rememberance Day Speech’, commenting on the wars of past and present.

Speaking to the feeling of being utterly out of control, ‘Sideways’ emerges with honky-tonk tinged guitar riffs and organ notes, with a saxophone solo for the ages, until recently released single ‘Never Said’ rears up with edgy electric guitars and jarring percussion-lead rhythms, observing the struggle artists face living in a capitalist society.

In a cloud of red rock dust, ‘Keep Me By The Rock’ brings rich melodies, earthy vocals and Goanna-esque rock riffs, inspired by Australia’s history and Kaurna’s drive from Darwin to Adelaide to join the ceremonies for the closing of the Uluru climb.

With a sweet yearning comes ‘One Day Away From You’, using a slinky bass groove, intense strings, clacking percussive elements and stirring lyricism to evoke the feeling of longing that comes from being away from home, followed by a melancholic sequel of sorts with ‘I Write Love Songs’ which is about necessary separation from places and relationships.

Questioning the ongoing need for ties with the monarchy, ‘Why Do You Love Lizzie?’ is a melodic soft folk track combining gentle guitars with pleading vocals and distinct harmonies, before ‘If The First Time Was The Last Time’ delivers sauntering piano notes, funky bass guitar grooves and changing instrumental layers, contrasting the idea of monotony and the cyclical nature of our lives explored in the lyrics.

As the name indicates, ‘As It Comes, As It Goes’ is a song about letting go of grand expectations and taking the good with the bad, told with a playful, upbeat melody and encouraging lyrics, before album closer ‘The Hardest Part’ looks towards the future with a final bittersweet folk moment about recognising when it is time for a new beginning.

Kaurna Cronin’s previous releases have seen support from Double J, Triple J Unearthed, APRA-AMCOS, the AMRAP Regional Charts, MTV Germany, Scenestr, Forte, Australian Musician, Beat Magazine, Rip It Up, Out Now Magazine and more.

Get ready for some hard-hitting truths and rich storytelling with the release of Kaurna Cronin’s new album ‘Harsh Beauty’, out everywhere on June 24, celebrated by an extensive European Tour – tickets on sale now.


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