Caitlin Park writes and performs folktronica, taking folk and electro-acoustics to new heights with her abstract composition, sampling and film nostalgia.
Caitlin’s fascination with language was nourished by a part-time post at a cult video store around the corner from her family home. This culminated in a piece of music based on the murder plot scene in Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder – her reverse soundtrack. Then, songs that were written for short films began to take shape as folk snapshots riddled with sound effects and dialogue taken from 1940/50s films.
Caitlin's rich, striking first ep, Warriors With Wild Hearts, was followed, in 2011, by her acclaimed debut album, Milk Annual, a sprawling, intricate and heart-warming foray into the soundscapes of old films, audio books, spoken word, and minimalistic musical arrangement. Milk Annual is as much an exploration in found sound and sonic design as it is an exhibition of modern folksong construction. You will hear kids screaming, the clink of roped boats, struck matches and irregular heartbeats mixed with layered vocal sampling and overlaid by a singer with a voice that wraps you up in a warm blanket. Masterfully pulled together by Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring, Cloud Control, Sister Jane), and featuring performances by Holly Throsby, Aidan Roberts and a song co-written by Peter Broderick (US), Milk Annual is inspired by the likes of Steve Reich, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, CocoRosie and The Sleeping States.
Over the years, live shows with national and international bill partners have helped showcase Caitlin Park to a vast audience and have included Active Child (US), First Aid Kit (Sweden), James Vincent McMorrow (Ireland), The Staves (UK), PONY UP (Canada), Holly Throsby, The Devoted Few, Laura Jean, and Leader Cheetah.
In 2012, she was the worthy winner of a QANTAS SOYA Award, which saw her head to New York. In 2013, Caitlin toured the UK; she is currently writing her second album, boasting even more sampling, a bigger sound and more filmic-esque adventure.
August 29, 2012 | We're very happy to hear that rising Sydney singer-songwriter Caitlin Park has picked up a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, a prize which will see her flown to New York for CMJ, and $5000 richer. There's more…
February 24, 2011 | Gaga is very happy to welcome to the Pub fold Sydney neo-folk songwriter Caitlin Park. Have a listen to Park's gorgeous debut ep, Warriors With Wild Hearts, and check out the new Bonds TVC feat. Park's track of the same name. There's more…