Adalita (Srsen) is an Australian rock musician born in Geelong, Victoria on February 25, 1971. She is best known as the former lead vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Magic Dirt (who will have their own post eventually). Adalita began recording her self-titled debut in 2009, at her friend and Magic Dirt bandmate Dean Turner‘s urging. However, on August 21, 2009, Turner died from a rare form of soft tissue cancer. The album was completed in 2010, but, not released until March 4, 2011. Magic Dirt released a final EP, White Boy, in 2009, but, since 2011, has been on hiatus. Adalita‘s latest solo album, All Day Venus, was released on September 20, 2013.
Australia has, so far, been unfairly represented on this blog considering the wealth of great rock music from that country. Perth’s DM3 [Dom Mariani is a genius of melody!] and Brisbane’s Powderfinger are two of my favorite Australian rock bands. But, both have disbanded, and, both were all dudes. Adalita, solo or with Magic Dirt, is definitely my favorite Australian rock chick. She is an awesomely talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, and she has such a beautiful name which her father gave to her after being inspired by a Spanish song.
Adalita‘s solo debut (2011) is like a dark acoustic set, but, with electric guitars. Huh? The arrangements are minimal, with mostly vocals and guitar, and, even though the songs were written before Dean Turner‘s death, the mood is heavy, somber. Adalita‘s love and concern for her friend, who suffered for nine years, is obvious and sincere, especially in “The Repairer” which was written when Turner became gravely ill. “Hot Air” and “Fool Around” are favorite tracks, but, “Perfection”, “Invite Me”, and “Good Girl” are achingly good, too. And, “Goin Down” is a bit more upbeat, than the others, and driven by this album’s coolest riff. An excellent solo debut.
Watch the videos for “Hot Air”, “The Repairer” and “Fool Around” here:
Watch the video for “Trust Is Rust” here:
2010.11.27 – Hot Air (Liberation Music) [EP]
2011.03.04 – Adalita (Liberation Music) [Album]
2013.09.20 – All Day Venus (Liberation Music) [Album]