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Powerfully voiced Australian folk artist, Grace Cummings, made a quick rise within Melbourne's indie music scene, landing a contract with Flightless Records, which issued her debut album, Refuge Cove, in late 2019.
With her throaty vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica, Cummings conjures the sound of the early-'60s folk revival, singing with great command her poetic musings to a minimalist accompaniment that alternates between fevered strumming and delicate fingerpicking. She'd barely begun gigging locally when a Facebook video of her singing Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," caught the attention of Flightless Records, the label run by Melbourne psych favorites King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. By the beginning of 2019, Cummings was opening regional shows for J Mascis and Do Re Mi and working on her first album. Released later that November, Refuge Cove bore a vintage analog tone and presented Cummings' earthy folk songs in a spacious, all-acoustic setting.