Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
HIGHLY-acclaimed Perth singer-songwriter Nat Ripepi is about to release her second album, fresh from supporting Pat Benatar and The Bangles.

Described as a cross between Sarah McLachlan, Missy Higgins and Alanis Morissette, the popular performer will open for the two US acts at Perth Zoo on October 29 before launching her Piece By Piece CD a week later.

The new album is the culmination of five years’ work for Ripepi, following on from her 2000 debut Universe that shot to number three on the 78 Records Independent Charts.

Former Australian Idol finalist Courtney Murphy is joining Ripepi for the launch of Piece By Piece at Manhattan’s Bar in Victoria Park on November 7.

“I had many challenges making this album,” Ripepi said. “I originally started recording while living in the UK but family reasons brought me home before I had finished.

“I tried to find someone here in Perth to finish the album but I had no money – and the advice was to save up and go into a good studio so the album wouldn’t have two different sounds from two different studios.

“That meant starting from scratch again and re-recording everything I’d already done, which is why the album took so long to make.”

Ripepi describes the life of an indie musician as “trying to make world-class music on a shoestring budget”.

This meant waiting for the right producer, studio and engineer to be free to work on her album – namely Roy Martinez, Real2Reel and James Newhouse.

“Waiting for people to be free was frustrating but worth it because they're all so talented,” Ripepi said.

Writing a diverse mix from rock and pop through to acoustic ballads, Ripepi said she mainly drew on her own life experiences for the album.

“Or experiences I witness others going through,” she said. “Piece By Piece has very universal themes.

“Everything from falling in love, breaking up, finding yourself and your place in the world, questioning the world and needing to say sorry – the full spectrum of emotions we all go through.

“The songs will speak to everyone, in a rich weave of lyrics, melody, voice and arrangements.”

Ripepi said her main motivation was to get her songs recorded to the best of her ability and heard by as many people as possible.

“My style of music means I'll always use the basics, such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, bass and drums,” she said.

“I've always loved the sound of strings, so I knew I'd be using string arrangements again.

“I did toy with the idea of making a more electronic-sounding album, a bit like Portishead, Dido and Imogen Heap, but the songs I'd written didn't really lean themselves toward that vibe so I went back to basics.

“The difference with this album is that my songwriting has definitely matured, as has my voice – it’s a much stronger and diverse CD.”

Piece By Piece is available from October 30 at music retailers through Firestarter Distribution,, and can also be downloaded from iTunes.

The album launch is from 6pm, November 7, at Manhattan’s Bar, 243 Albany Highway, Victoria Park.

In addition to Courtney Murphy’s solo set, Ripepi’s band will feature Kieran Murphy, Roy Martinez, Jason Smith and Kat Kinley. A string quartet will also help bring the album to life.

Tickets are $20 or $30 with CD (a $10 saving) – book through

Nat Ripepi-guitar.jpg: Singer-songwriter Nat Ripepi is launching her second album on November 7.

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Nat Ripepi

Nat Ripepi calls Perth home but has been making waves with her ‘gutsy, powerful and sexy’ (The West Australian) music across our shores and, more recently, across the UK where she resided and performed solidly for three years (2002-2004). She returned to the UK in June-July 2005 for a hugely successful eight-week follow-up tour that saw her perform 14 gigs in seven cities across the UK, including Ireland. In 2007, Nat embarked on a second solo tour of Europe to promote her EP The Moment, made possible by a contemporary music touring grant from the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.

Ripepi started her career off in Perth in 1995 with a Sunday residency at the Brass Monkey Hotel. She quickly became one of Perth’s top acoustic performers, performing solidly for the next five years until relocating to Melbourne in 2000. During her time in Perth, Ripepi was nominated for several Western Australian Music Industry Awards (WAMis), including most popular acoustic act and most popular female vocalist. Her songs Stronger and I Will Not Fall were nominated for WAM song of the year awards.

“A true must-see for some exquisitely polished performances… A joy to the ear (& soul!)”
– (UK)

Her debut solo CD Universe was released in July 2000. It debuted at #3 in the 78 Records Independent Charts (WA) and #4 in the Mills Records Chart (WA). It also gained national and international airplay on both commercial and independent radio. The album was described as “beautifully polished and intoxicating” (West Side Observer). It is now into its fourth pressing.
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