The Sound Cafe
Australian Singer-Songwriter Ziggy Alberts is Searching For Freedom On New Album
Photo Credit: Zach Sanders @stuckonarock
Ziggy Alberts is the Australian singer-songwriter whose name is on everyone’s lips. After releasing seven records, establishing his own independent label and having played sold-out tours across the globe, there is no denying Alberts has a genuine grassroots story which has lifted his artistry into universal acclaim.
The twelve-track collection of songs explores the topics of purpose, connection to nature, overcoming the many odds we face as humankind, and embodying love and hope in our day-to-day lives. searching for freedom is the kind of album that doesn’t come along every day. To describe it frankly, the sound throughout is intimate, as if Ziggy is in the corner of your favourite record store, playing just for you and a select few others.
As Alberts shares “I chose this album title because I think it is the overarching theme of both the record and human existence. I believe the pursuit of love and freedom connects everyone on the planet. This record certainly marks a new chapter in my life, and perhaps a new one in yours. searching for freedom is a journey, both literally and spiritually. This album is just a part of the greater exploration I am personally on. Thank you for joining me, and I hope you enjoy it.” Founder of his own independent label, Commonfolk Records, Ziggy Alberts has managed to craft what many musicians dream of - the ability to tell a story on their own terms. It is exactly that which we get with searching for freedom: a world in which Alberts points out the beauty in the everyday and reminds us that working together and loving each other really can help us get through anything.
With over 1.7 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, show sizes on the continuous rise and praise from the likes of Billboard Magazine, American Songwriter, EarMilk and Clash UK, there is no doubt 2021 will be Ziggy Alberts’ year. Ziggy has been awarded ARIA Platinum certification for his tracks Gone, Runaway, Heaven, Love Me Now, Laps Around The Sun, Stronger and Four Feet in the Forest (EP) plus, Gold certifications for three tracks in his catalogue.
Searching For Freedom is an album that has depth, in both song writing and production. It’s a collection of warm tones which float over a minimalist and refined accompaniment – smooth melodies, intricately plucked acoustic guitar, moving string and piano moments and a quiet trumpet. It is meditation in its purest form. This album might just be the antidote to what an intense ride the past year has been.
Photo Credit: Janneke Storm