Not so long ago, EWAH relocated to Hobart after half a lifetime in Melbourne. EWAH’s writing has covered themes of heart-aching honesty, wry domestic drama, escapist Australiana, and conceptual releases like GOSPEL DANCE, explored spirituality, primitivism and rhythm.
Now EWAH explores themes of otherness and in-between worlds told via stories of violent crimes against women. The music is chiaroscuro, light and dark, where the ethereal and the sinister coexist, meeting in some strange twilight place. EWAH performs the songs on saturated and lush electric guitar with her band The Vision of Paradise (TVOP). Charles Donnelly layers atmospheric 80s analog synth. Stuart Hollingsworth on bass and Paul Brooks on drums grind out sleazy and insistent rhythms.
Highlights of EWAH’s music career include playing On the Origin of Art Opening Weekend Extravaganza at Mona with TVOP, supports with Rowland S Howard, Harry Howard and the NDE, The Bird Blobs, French/Tucsan, Arizonian artist Marianne Dissard and Oliver Mann. The latter, a truly original operatic folk songwriter and performer, invited EWAH to join him on the gothic and delicate duet, Deepest Temple Part II. Other memorable performances have been appearing as part of Melbourne Music Festival 2003 and at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2011 as a guest on the live show and online broadcast of Radio Anytime.
In 2010 E-wah took home the APRA Darebin Songwriters’ Award after performing her a capella song When You’re Down & Out.
“Every aspect coheres into a whole – from the dusky cover art of clouds and mountains to the frontier sprawl of tremolo-heavy guitars and crescendos swelled by synthesiser. Songs brood and build into lush, long outros, some of them satisfyingly loud.” Kate Hennessy, The Guardian Read the full feature
“… epic post-punk with a scope as wide as the Australian skyline.” When You Motor Away Read the full review
“Incorporating the music’s thin fragility to the wicked grit of their themes and delicate new-wave-meets-tough-desert-rock sound, the album balances between darkness and light throughout its entirety…” destroy//exist Read the full review
“A dark and smouldering track with the spark of PJ Harvey and the swampiness of Beasts Of Bourbon. EWAH & The Vision Of Paradise are just another band making us realise that Hobart is going through a real musical purple patch.” Dan Condon, Double J Read the full feature
“Tasmanian solo artist Ewah has a new single called ‘Superstition or Love’. It’s elegant and leisurely at the surface with plenty of emotions brewing below.” Augustus Welby, Mixdown Mag
“….. attention-grabbing, honest and unique”. BEAT Magazine
“E-wah Lady makes stuff go, with her excellent command of tunes and what sounds like quite a mature and realistic view of life.” David Nichols