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August 23, 2018

Video: Naomi Keyte’s ‘Company’ is a collage of Adelaide creativity

Naomi Keyte's live clip for 'Company', taken from her debut album, Melaleuca, showcases a dream team of local talent.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Supplied

Adelaide folk musician, Naomi Keyte, released her debut album, Melaleuca, in early 2017, and in the 18 months since the artist has become a staple on Adelaide stages, playing at Womad, Here’s To Now, Basket Range Festival, as well as supporting the likes of Aldous Harding and Paul Kelly.


Check out the clip for Company below, and you can purchase Naomi Keyte’s debut album, Melaleuca, here.

Naomi will be appearing at the Grace Emily with Melbourne alt-pop musician Georgia Fields on Saturday, 1 September from 8pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the event page.

Naomi has started work on her sophomore effort, but before fully embarking on her next album, she thought it right to pay dues to Melaleuca’s introductory track, Company.

“We never made an official video clip for that song, even though it was probably our best single. It was the only song that charted and people really like it because it’s quite upbeat and catchy,” Naomi says.

“What we really wanted to do was show who we were as a band, because we hadn’t done that before in a visual way.”

The song, like the album as a whole, is an homage to Adelaide and the concept of home, and “being comfortable with your choices,” Naomi says, making it the perfect platform to highlight Adelaide’s broader creative community.

The clip features Naomi and her band amongst a singing circle of friends at the East End’s Chateau Apollo, with the group dressed in a collection of Adelaide designs from GOOD STUDIOS, Weft Textiles, Lily Buttrose, Olivia Kathigitis, and BB Shoemaker.

“I knew that I wanted to do it there, I knew that I wanted to wear Anny’s clothes – we’d been talking about doing a collab for ages – and then I came in here and she dressed us. It was really lovely,” Naomi says.

“My ethos is to work with people that I respect and if you’re going to have any kind of exposure, bring as many people as you can along with you that are in line with your values. What Anny’s doing is amazing, with transparent and ethical clothes, [and] something that I subscribe to 100 per cent.”

The music is also accompanied by the work of Adelaide dancer Greta Wyatt.

“She is a really great friend of myself and Tom (Capogreco, viola and guitar) as well. I’d seen her dance maybe once or twice before, and I’ve always loved dance. I find it really inspiring,” Naomi says.

With one track for her follow-up album already recorded – again with Nick Huggins, the Melbourne producer Naomi worked with on Melaleuca, and Anna Laverty (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett, Paul Dempsey and Florence and The Machine) – new music from Naomi is not far off, but fans should not expect the full album anytime soon.

“I’ve got everything ready, I’ve got notepads ready, I’m already making voice memos. I’m trying to play as much as I can, every day, just a little bit. I’m not very prolific, so it’s going to take a while,” Naomi laughs.

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