For our next visit we sat in traffic for a fun amount of time on Punt Road and eventually made it to Balaclava, where tucked away in the leafy streets was the sharehouse/home/studio of the one and only Gabriella Cohen.
Originally from Brisbane, Gabriella moved to Melbourne almost a year ago and in the process has completely flipped the tiring cliché of southside being "uncool" on its head. First of all, her debut LP Full Closure and No Details is getting huge love and music writers are already running out of metaphors to describe how good it is.
Second of all, this visit brought us to one of the most interesting houses we've been to yet. There was an unfinished game of Karrom lying on the dining room floor and chinese porcelain statues on display next to photographs of a soldier who looked an awful lot like Tony Abbott mixed with Jean Claude Van Damme. Plus, there seemed to be a sharehouse-wide rule of only wearing kimonos around the place.
Gabriella was also nice enough to show us around her room, where she spends most of her songwriting with nothing more than a guitar and a microphone. As a result, her process seems to require a good level of comfort rather than any flashy studio gear.
Thanks again to Gabriella Cohen for having us and showing us your space!