Bellimbopinni’s Rory Ellis is pushing the boundaries with his eighth album as he celebrates his love for his partner.
The new album, titled One Skin, demonstrates the diversity of Americana music as Ellis takes listeners on a journey woven through country, blues and folk and the ever-present chromatic harmonica.
“One Skin is written about a chapter of my life – the first year of my relationship with my partner,” he said.
“The songs all contain little mixed messages, but are predominantly centred around my love for my partner. She's very proud of the album. My albums are written around a period of time where stuff happens and as a songwriter you're like a reporter.”
Ellis wrote Living The Dream about the farm he lives on with his partner and all the aspects that go with it.
“It's about all the things that go wrong and funny things that happen,” he said. “It is an idyllic lifestyle, but the song is about all the associated things that come with having that kind of lifestyle, which was new to me.”
Ellis wants to highlight serious issues that he's witnessed, too.
“Rigoletto's Breakdown is about someone who has worked their arse off at a job and the establishment doesn't treat you so well until you breakdown,” he said. “Another Woman Down is about domestic violence and the treatment of women inthat situation. We're seeing it in the news more and more and it's one of those things that is so terrible. This is a song for the women who have been through that.”
With the release of One Skin to radio on April 24, Ellis will again hit the road in Australia in April before returning to Germany and the UK for festivals and shows in September.