Editor’s Pick: Andrea Robertson’s new live album is a riveting slice of energetic Americana

Words by Tom Parker

The singer-songwriter takes an intriguing left turn on Live at New Hall.

Off the back of celebrated albums, 2014’s It’s About Time and 2017’s Remind Myself, and the multitude of awards that followed, Ocean Grove singer-songwriter Andrea Robertson has forged herself quite the career.

In 2019 she returns with her most organic piece of work in the form of Live at New Hall.

Recorded at the namesake Point Lonsdale arts space to a sold-out crowd, Live at New Hall comes as a double LP – an expansion proposed by the late, great blues musician Chris Wilson. With more of an acoustic feel than her previous albums, Live at New Hall is the work of seven musicians, four of which make up Robertson’s core band.

An opus of positivity, the double LP is lined with persistence and gratitude. Narratives touch on her first meeting with her husband, conversations with her daughter, as well as social commentary on the current state of the world.

Flavours of Americana coat the melodies – if it doesn’t bring to mind Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at first listen, the rings of St. Paul & The Broken Bones are sure to eventuate. There are ballads to underscore Robertson’s eloquent vocals but enough enthusiasm in the instrumentals to brand much of the record rock’n’roll. An intriguing left-turn from an exciting songwriter.