Written between Nashville and Melbourne, the second full length album from BROOKE RUSSELL AND THE MEAN REDS, ‘The Way You Leave’ is out October 18. Sweet, sultry and soaring, this new collection of songs document love, loss, friendship and regret and feature co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.
“Melbourne’s Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow.
Either way, it’s a beautiful voice full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her band The Mean Reds, particularly the evocative pedal steel of Ben Franz and restrained guitar of Grant Taylor. Late-night jazz, croon-and-swoon slowcore, alt-country and heartache country-soul blend together on this intoxicating collection of songs that recall late-period Dylan, The Delines and Lucinda Williams.” – Chris Familton, The Music ****