If there’s one thing Delta Goodrem wants you to do when her new album is released this week, it’s to listen to the record as a whole.”I love this music more as a body of work that I do individually,” she tells 9Honey Celebrity via phone. “It’s definite…
If there's one thing Delta Goodrem wants you to do when her new album is released this week, it's to listen to the record as a whole.
"I love this music more as a body of work that I do individually," she tells 9Honey Celebrity via phone. "It's definitely a holistic sort of album, where it all works together.
Goodrem's sixth studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Dreams, will be released this Friday, May 14.
She tells us the album is about reflecting and accepting where she's at in her life, and "realising the lessons that you learn as you live through things".
"It's about being proud of who you are, but having that check-in and asking yourself, 'How did I get here?' It's about going deeper, finding new layers, going into different moments. I've always believed there was more to share because humans are so complex."
One thing fans want to know about the album is whether Goodrem will reveal much about her private relationship with boyfriend Matthew Copley.
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The pop singer vowed when she turned 30 that she would steer clear of talking publicly about her relationships. But what about in her music?
"There are definitely love songs on the album," she says, laughing off the question. Though the pair wrote BOTD together, to Goodrem it's essential to keep some part of her life private.
"I understand that people are interested, and I get it," she says "I think that's a lovely thing. But [keeping things private] feels right.
"I think it's a balance. I mean, we do work together and we've created this wonderful body of work together."
"But I got into this for music, and connection, and touching lives and having that shared experience [with fans]," she explains, adding that she needed to have some part of her life to herself.
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Along with the highly-anticipated album that's coming this week, Goodrem has also penned a companion book — which she stresses is just as important as the music, saying "the album doesn't exist without the book, the book doesn't exist without the album."
It's meant to serve as a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album, and how it all came together.
"I used to really love picking up an album booklet and being able to read it and learn more about the artist, how they wrote the songs, and the process involved," she admits.
"Obviously the world has changed and we're all digital now," she says, adding that it was still important to her to share with fans the stories behind her music.
"You can only fit so much in one sentence when you're trying to get to the punchline in a song, but there's so much more behind each word. The book really shares what the actual core of that song is, and then the process of producing it."
Thanks to COVID-19, recording this album has been a very different process to her previous ones. There were only a few people in the studio with her.
At the end of the day, it's about sharing her process with her fans. "People love diving into 'where did this come from, what's the meaning of this?'"
Though Goodrem agreed that BOTD shares themes with her second album Mistaken Identity, sonically it is worlds apart from her first few records.
"With Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity we had a lot of live instruments [in the studio], it was a different time where you just had that," she said. "I love hearing moments, like the space around a pedal when you're playing the piano, all those things that we left in."
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But she says that music styles have changed in the nearly two decades since her first album.
"For the past couple of records we'd take [the live instrument feel] out, or we'd take away those things that are important for the breathing or the space around the musicianship," she says. "The beautiful thing about the changing music scene is that you've gotta move with it. You've gotta change, and evolve, and realise you're changing and moving with it."
After postponing her Bridge Over Troubled Dreams tour to September and October, Goodrem is beyond excited to share these songs with a live audience.
"It's honestly where these songs will come to life," she gushes. "These stories were made to be done live. When we've been rehearsing them it's just been so special to hear them live."
Though having extra time to rehearse and plan her tour is almost like a double-edged sword.
"It kinda puts the pressure on, like what else can we do in the show now that we have more time to plan it?" she laughs.
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