Iconoclastic Australian songstress Loene Carmen sounds as if 'she has fallen into some lost world' where post folk country blues and primal art rock are 'tangled up in medieval chains'. Across her three albums to date, she has proved intriguingly hard to classify - perhaps best described as "sitting in an intangible, magical, rarefied space, somewhere between Tom Waits and Dolly Parton...." (australianstage.com.au)
Carmen's solo debut, the home recorded psychedelic bedroom opus BORN FUNKY BORN FREE (described as 'a femme-fatale fronted Hendrix/Velvet Underground freaky reggae dub party') was followed by the atmospheric fractured blues of SLIGHT DELAY in 2004, featuring Warren Ellis (Dirty Three), Jed Kurzel (Mess Hall) & Cathy Green (X)...'Slight Delay' is a songbook of exquisitely mournful blues elements and intoxicating rock romantics. .. Carmen plies late night smooch music, sexy whisperings and intimate shimmering confessionals.....'
Album number 3, the ROCK N ROLL TEARS was recorded over 3 long hot summer days in a country barn, with a full band including Jed Kurzel (Mess Hall) on guitars. Radio single Nashville High, with accompanying Paris Texas inspired video from filmmaker Aden Young, was lauded as ‘dead sexy and cool … a shimmering wonder’ by Mess & Noise and licensed to award winning drama Love My Way.
Carmen performs accompanied by an ever evolving line-up (which has included The Mess Hall and members of the Bad Seeds and the Dirty Three) or armed with just an electric guitar.
Fourth album, IT WALKS LIKE LOVE, is well on the way, produced by Burke Reid (The Drones, The Mess Hall) and featuring current band comprised of members of The Holy Soul and The Scare. It is slated for release April 2009 through Inertia.