Darwin’s Caiti Baker is one of Australia’s strongest genre-bending collaborators, emerging as one half of electro-soul/hip hop act Sietta and currently lending her voice and style to A.B. Original. As previewed during her solo performance during A.B. Original’s blistering set at Splendour in the Grass, her material has taken her raw hip hop talent and created a delicious blend of styles including soul, R&B, pop and more, with the end result a deeply unique and contemporary take on urban NT inspired indie soul.
Recently announced on BIGSOUND Festival 2017 and taking out a swag of accolades at the NT Music Awards for her 2016 tracks ‘Heavy On My Heart’ and ‘Make Your Own Mistakes’, the success has emboldened Baker to take her creativity even further on her debut album ‘Zinc’. The first taste of the record ‘Wolf’ is a streetwise urban groove, laced with stunning harmonies and a unique layering of electronic and acoustic instrumentation that stamps her musical authority and delivers a stiff message to those who prejudge what Caiti Baker is all about.
“I feel like over the last few years there’s been two Caiti’s: the one you see performing with A.B. Original and when I’m in my hip hop element and then there’s “other” Caiti who is less genre-specific and exploring her musical world which is dominated by the music she grew up on. In some ways, the two songs of last year were an exploration of the ‘other’ Caiti and in doing that I’ve really learned that rather than try to push myself into two separate boxes, it’s best to be myself and create my own path.”
“My album is a real reflection of that and I feel like through this process I’ve reclaimed my music and found my identity. It’s a hip hop album. It’s a soul album. It’s a roots album. You can choose to pigeonhole me however you like, but the bottom line is that it’s MY album.”
Produced by J. Mangohig (Daniel Johns, Briggs, Sietta) and Michael Hohnen (Gurrumul, Saltwater Band, Tom E. Lewis), the forthcoming album has been a labour of love for Caiti Baker, created over the last year deriving inspiration from both her worldly extra-curricular live and studio activities with artists like Booker T, A.B. Original, Pete Murray, Son Little, Briggs and Dan Sultan, along with her more personal rich musical upbringing and the unique storytelling of growing up in rural Australia.
‘Zinc’ is slated for release this October through Perambulator Records.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CAITI BAKER
“Caiti’s voice is as unique as it is powerful, endearing as it is commanding and as beautiful as it is raw.” – Briggs
“One of the 10 most exciting new female voices in Antipodean music today.” – Rolling Stone
“An exemplary vocal range is Baker’s weapon and man, does she wield it with grace, confidence and charm.” – The AU Review
“Caiti Baker’s soaring vocals and fiery stage presence stole the show.” – Yewth Magazine
“Caiti’s voice breaks the stratosphere with some high-octave magic in parts, making her a standout vocalist amongst her contemporary peers. She has the moves, the grooves and voice to take this all the way to the top.” – Foldback Magazine