Taking a stroll down Australian folk music’s winding road, popular ensemble Women in Docs – comprised of Roz Pappalrado and Chanel Lucas – have returned to this enlightening genre. Their new album ‘Carousel’ is a blisteringly honest and joyful assortment of rustic rhythms and haunting lyrics. After a notable eight-year gap between albums, the group’s new sounds transform Australian folk into a soulful and ever-present genre. Facing darkness and uncertainty, the group’s new tracks look for inspiration around every appropriate corner. Here, Women in Docs presents itself as much more than ‘yet another’ Australian folk ensemble. The ensemble’s latest album delivers a blisteringly passionate insight into both performers’ existences.
This charming duo finds solace within comfortable places. Fittingly, the act of wearing Doc Martins comes off as a freeing and joyful act. However, the artists’ life ambitions revolve around making engaging lyrics and scintillating harmonies. Thankfully, this album delivers seminal tracks without relying on folk’s most obvious tropes. The album covers varying stories about the Australian way of life. One track, Raining on Me, touches on society’s immense desire for change and enlightenment. Themes describing ambition and hard work outline this track’s overall importance. Despite the range of original songs on offer, Women in Docs’ cover of Bob Dylan’s Wagon Wheel is a boisterous and intelligent track. Fusing their catchy melodies with Dylan’s seminal lyrics, the duo illuminates folk’s most transcendent qualities. Ultimately, Women in Docs’ new album proves that folk can strum an engaging tune whilst discussing life’s more meaningful qualities.