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" 'Could It Be?' is a muted slow burn, filled with dark emotions and a narrative about the ubiquitousness of roadworks.'

Tessa Lee is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has developed a rare melodic style and freedom in her songwriting.

Soaked in folk and blues influences, Lee's writing is rich and luscious. Her debut album, "Warm Orange Glow," is a striking example of solid composition, great musicianship and emotional depth. Released just after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Lee then went on to travel and tour in Canada and the US before returning to Australia to re-train as a music teacher.

After settling into motherhood on the NW coast of lutruwita/Tasmania, Lee has been slowly working together the next album - "Mountains," (due for release approx. late 2023) with producer Jed Pickett. The album's themes are as disparate as the genres it journeys through: travel and death, lust and shame, temptation and connection. "I don't know how to stick to any one style musically. I'm constantly reminded of that famous quote by the Duke: that 'there are only 2 kinds of music, good music and the other kind.' " The Cold Weather Band, who accompanies Lee on Mountains, is also made up of musicians from stylistically diverse worlds. "The important thing is the connection, the mutual respect for each other and the fun we're having making these songs come alive."  

'Could It Be?' the first single from 'Mountains,' was released in September 2022, accompanied by a moody music video, set in and around 'Rolling On The River' studios. The restrained indie/pop groove ebbs and flows underneath a soulful, yearning vocal,  accompanied by images of dark Huon River in southern lutruwita/Tasmania.

Having appeared at Junction Arts Festival (Launceston), Devonport Jazz Festival and Verandah Music Festival (Evandale) in 2022, Lee is gearing up to share this latest collection of songs and stories with the world by the end of the year. 

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photos: Kelly Slater

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