Words: Steve Smith
Image: New Amsterdam Records/Padma Newsome
Newsome, via New Amsterdam, offers a brief explanation of the video’s inspiration:
“I made this film to show the local environment and trees: initially the Hugging Trees, and then two She-oaks, or casuarinas, a conifer-like species, which can be both monoecious and dioecious, in other words, both genders on the same bush, or distinct genders on separate bushes. Appropriately, the film pays tribute to the marriage equality (especially the Australian plebiscite). The film also features footage from a canoe trip up the Betka River, Mallacoota, Victoria.”
You can read quite a bit more about the album – in even more poetic and impressionistic terms – on the New Amsterdam website. Be forewarned: The descriptions contained therein are virtually guaranteed to make you want to hear the entire album… and if you happen to live in or near Brooklyn, you can do just that tonight at Covenhoven, a classy, cozy Prospect Heights beer garden.
The event is the kick-off for a new community get-together series hosted by New Amsterdam. In addition to hearing Newsome’s album complete, you’ll also be among the first to sample some of the label’s 2019 releases. The hang starts at 6pm, and Newsome’s album gets spun at 7:30… admission is free, with food, drinks, and merch available throughout. For more details, have a look at the Facebook event page.