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Watch Mama Kin Spender's Raw, In-The-Studio Clip for 'Bird In Your Tree'


In June, blues duo Mama Kin Spender — the newly-formed partnership between Mama Kin (aka Danielle Caruana) and Custom Kings' Tommy Spender — introduced us to their soulful sound with the up-off-the-canvas gospel track, "Air Between Us". They followed that up earlier this month with "Bird In Your Tree", a grittier, rock 'n' roll swaggerer that today is partnered with a black-and-white, behind-the-scenes studio clip, exclusively premiering via Rolling Stone Australia.

The fly-on-the-wall style of the video perfectly compliments the band's raw sound, as well as capturing the creative collaboration, which — evident from the jam-like qualities of their music — takes a fairly organic approach. The two walking us through the complete process, from bare-foot early jams to squared-eyed computer post-production.

Spender, who takes the vocal lead on the passionate verses of the track, explains that "Bird In Your Tree" is "a kind of stream of consciousness catharsis," adding that the song is about "yearning for a lover, burning alive inside, but having to keep it cool on the outside." For Caruana's chorus contribution — built around a chant-a-long line about not wanting sugar in her coffee — adds a more light-hearted side to this underlying theme of love and restraint.

"The stuff about coffee is really because I love it strong and black," she explains, "that bitter taste somehow helps quench the unfulfilled thirst for someone. While at the same time celebrating the creative power it unleashes. This song playfully explores the gritty side of desire — bitter, dirty, rusty."

"Bird In Your Tree" and "Air Between Us" are both set to feature on the duo's debut LP, Golden Magnetic, due February 2018. Before which, they'll play a short run of East Coast shows starting early-November; dates below.

Mama Kin Spender Tour Dates
Thursday, November 2nd: Australian Music Week, Cronulla
Friday, November 3rd: Leadbelly, Sydney
Sunday, November 5th: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, the 19th: Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby
Saturday, November 25th & Sunday, the 26th: Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff


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