‘Clever, sophisticated, laid-back, personal and inspiring…’ – Rip It Up
‘A prodigious talent’ – The Advertiser
‘If you like a gifted band who would not be out of place alongside Rilo Kiley or She & Him, then Cookie Baker & her Special Secret Spells is for you. Charming.’ – Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012
The Summer is the second single from Australian contemporary folk and alternative country artist, Cookie Baker.
Raised on a farm by the seaside in rural South Australia, Miss Cookie quietly, yet diligently, played live to her heart’s content for ten years, amassing a modest but dedicated following throughout many corners of Australia.
Supports and festival billings alongside such esteemed Australian artists as Augie March, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Audreys, Ben Lee, Little Birdy and Gossling showcased the charming effervescence, warm, yet haunting, melodies and cool wordsmithery she had refined over those years.
With a true love for ‘the present’ and the spontaneous, thrilling nature of live performance, it took (now Melbourne, Australia-based) Cookie’s discovery of the folk, pop and country stylings of Sydney-based producer and engineer, Michael Carpenter – of Love Hz Studios – to sow the seeds of what would become her first single, Little Engine, in 2014.
Released in 2015, Little Engine is a swift, driving cacophony of rhythmic resonator, layered slide guitar, sweeping vocal arrangements and pounding march-band drums wrapped around the sparkling grit of Cookie’s vocal. Accompanied by a mesmerising one-take video clip from Australian film production innovators, Man Durphy Productions, Little Engine tells the tale of the push-and-pull frustration of wanting to stand still with another, if only for a moment, and the complications that arise when two parties realise they do not have the same intentions, muddling an otherwise simple desire. They don’t ‘fit’.
Little Engine is available for digital purchase only through iTunes, CD Baby and Bandcamp.
The accompanying official music video can be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo.
Cookie Baker’s next single, The Summer – featuring Tim Rogers of You Am I – will be released in April 2017, followed by a forthcoming LP in 2017.