Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse

"Bindi Bindi"

(Independent);

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Gina and Guy’s second album carries on from their debut, with the songs sung in Noongar and, fittingly, recorded in Noongar land (Perth, West Australia) with some of Perth’s most experienced session musicians expertly directing the background traffic, cooking up a warm, easy flowing sound.

Opening with a chant from Dr Richard Walley which gives way to a wistful, meandering pop tune, the template is set from the beginning.

Ngany Ngaank (My Mother) is a beautiful mix of sorrow and hope as it relates to the story of a mother who was part of the stolen generations, while Yeyi (Now) closes proceedings with a heartfelt message of what is truly important in life.

One of the highlights, though, is the marvellously executed, well-chosen cover of The Church’s Under The Milky Way with pedal steel sweeping like stars across the night sky, giving this already excellently produced number an added spiritual depth.

There are some great stories here – the title track which follows the journey of the butterfly, the playful tale of the Magpie and the Crow (Koorlbardiwer Wardong), the Little Girl (Ninnyok) coming to terms with her uncle who has gone off to war – but you don’t even need to understand the words to enjoy the sings and to feel the sentiment.

Utilising the good, simple things in life, namely strong story telling set to a good tune and delivered with authenticity and a considerable degree of finesse, Bindi Bindi is a delightful album that deserves to be heard and, hopefully, will increase awareness of this beautiful language and ageless culture.

Gina’s voice is as sweet as springwater and all the musical accompaniment is first rate, making for one delightful listen indeed.

Stirring.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.