Since Newcastle, NSW artist Melody Moko released her album, The Wreckage, in 2017 she has played up and down and across Australia, supporting Fanny Lumsden, The McClymonts and Catherine Britt, appearing multiple times at each Tamworth Country Music Festival, and playing at other festivals such as Groundwater.
Moko is a songwriter of insight and heart, and a passionate performer who is willing to open herself to the audience every time she plays. Her new single, ‘Last Cigarette’ – the first from her forthcoming album – has all those qualities, embodied in Moko’s wry, wistful vocals. Co-written with Britt, the song compares the grip of nicotine addiction with a troubled relationship, and it also holds the listener in its grip from start to finish. It was the last song written for the album but was an early contender for the first single. Moko’s husband, the in-demand guitarist Michael Muchow, plays on the album, and he took on co-production duties with Neilson Hubbard when the album was made in Nashville.
During her recent Isol-aid appearance Moko played the first four songs on the new album, and all four were outstanding. Given Moko’s previous form, this isn’t a surprise – but it does provide something to look forward to, at a time when that is very much needed.