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Pop in all its glory takes centre stage for violinist/vocalist, XANI’s follow-up EP, “2”. After releasing, “1”, in May last year, XANI’s music has been added to Double J, played on RRR and PBS and has secured XANI a place on the New Music Stage for this year’s St Kilda Festival.

Due for release on January 29th, 2018, “2” was recorded and mixed by Myles Mumford (Georgia Fields, Kim Salmon). Catchy, but cutting, pop songs are interspersed with sweet violin instrumental interludes. Bold contrast is a repeating theme as lovey-dovey songs about Jerusalem artichokes sidle up next to “For Better Or Worse”: a song protesting the bleak perpetuity of a patriarchal society inspired by SBS’s, “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

“2” features some of Melbourne’s best musicians, Olivia Nathan and Jacinta Caruana on backing vocals, Cristian Barbieri (Billy Davis, The CB3) on guitar, Josh Jones (Dan Sultan) on bass, Mark Leahy (The Twoks) on drums and special guests, Ellie Lamb on trombone and Simon Burke (The Meltdown) on keys/organ. There is a smattering of styles, from old-school RnB to quirky Americana and a bit of inspiration from The Motels and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, all wrapped up in XANI’s signature style of “nothing-can-be-too-cheesy”.

This EP was supported by Creative Victoria.

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released January 29, 2018

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Myles Mumford at Rolling Stock Recording Rooms, Collingwood, Melbourne.
Music written and performed by Xani Kolac.

Backing Vocals - Olivia Nathan and Jacinta Caruana
Guitar - Cristian Barbieri
Drums - Mark Leahy
Bass - Josh Jones
Piano/Organ - Simon Burke
Trombone - Ellie Lamb
Violin - Xani Kolac

Artwork by Meg Kolac

All songs copyright Xani Kolac 2018

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Track Name: Jerusalem Artichoke
What do you do
When you're living alone
Try to save money
So you're spending more time at home
You go to work, go to the gym
And you're living off tins of spaghetti.

Oh maybe it's time I did things differently
Got a little adventurous
It's good for me
So I try something different like
Jerusalem Artichoke.

Coz I could be simple or safe
Make the same things that I always make
Or I could try something new
Someone more like you
Although I've never tried this before
It could be fun and I want to explore
Baby you could be the best thing I've ever had.

I'm trying you out, breathing you in
You got a different flavour
To all the rest that have been
And when I'm heating you up
I want to heat you up some more.

Oh who would've thought
I'd find a delicacy
Something a little sweet that is good for me
Yeah I've found something new in my
Jerusalem Artichoke.

Baby you could be
The one thing that I need
To sweeten up my life
And finally make me see
That maybe I could change
Get out of my old ways
Now I've had a taste
I'll never be the same.

Simple, safe, make the things I always make.
Try it new, someone more like you.
Track Name: For Better Or Worse
He cut all my lines
So he could write me out slowly
I still fall in love so easy with me
Who make me feel lonely.

So I go and make things tidy again
It's not like I'm hanging out our sheets for pleasure
Is this all I'm gonna be
For better, for better or worse?

Read your lines / read 'em out, read 'em out
Get outta his light / outta sight, outta mind
Hold him tight it'll be alright
When you're by his side.

Nothing's changing, no one's saved
Nothing's answered, and no one's brave
Nothing's different and no one's right
No one's winning, there's no good fight
We'll never get there, we'll never grow
We'll never fix and never know
What it's like to write our own verse
For better, for better or worse.

Read your lines / read 'em out, read 'em out
Get outta his light / outta sight, outta mind
Hold him tight it'll be alright
When you're by his side
Step back down / you're nothing now, nothing now
Coz it's their world now /let me out, get me out
Hold him tight, it'll be alright
When you're by his side.
Track Name: I Want You Bad
I saw the red sky in the morning
Now I know anything could happen
And it might happen with you, with you.

I saw the full moon
In the sky tonight
She's telling me you could be bad news
But that's good news to me, to me.

'Coz I want you bad
I want you to play hard to get
Steal for me baby
Then give it all back
I want you bad
I know that you've got history
Of sleeping around and never coming down
But get high on me
I want you bad.

Well I threw a coin into the fountain
And as I did I wished for a good man
But that good man was you, how could it be you?

'Coz I want you you bad
I want you to run all the reds
Speed down the higway
Straight into my bed
I want you bad
I know that you've been bad before
But now that you're mine we're doing our time
And we're gonna be bad more
I want you bad.
Track Name: I Know What To Do
I'm lying in the dark, it's quiet
Everyone's asleep
I'm still awake
Listening to the crunch of my teeth
I've been grinding them 'coz I've bitten off
More than I can chew
I gotta tell myself again that...

I know what to do.

Up ahead are hurdles
I'm running 'round
I try to jump them all
I wanna win, but I'm worried 'bout
When I'm gonna fall
But I gotta take some knocks to know
That what I'm doing is hard
Oh hand on my heart, babe...

I know what to do.

When I'm lost, lonely, stuck out at sea
The tide goes in, it takes you out
You gotta hope you can swim
But the waves are rolling in
And they look bigger than me
I'm gonna turn to face the shore, babe...

I know what to do.

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