Powerfully voiced Australian folk artist Grace Cummings made a quick rise within Melbourne's indie music scene, landing a contract with Flightless Records, which issued her debut album, Refuge Cove, in late 2019. Her dynamic performances and intense songwriting earned her international attention, and she signed with U.S. label ATO Records for her 2022 sophomore outing, Storm Queen.
With her throaty vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica, Cummings conjures the sound of the early-'60s folk revival, singing with great command her poetic musings to a minimalist accompaniment that alternates between fevered strumming and delicate fingerpicking. She'd barely begun gigging locally when a Facebook video of her singing Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," caught the attention of Flightless Records, the label run by Melbourne psych favorites King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. By the beginning of 2019, Cummings was opening regional shows for J Mascis and Do Re Mi and working on her first album. Released later that November, Refuge Cove bore a vintage analog tone and presented Cummings' earthy folk songs in a spacious, all-acoustic setting. By late 2021, Cummings had joined the roster of American imprint ATO Records, which released her follow-up LP in January 2022. While maintaining the organic feel of her debut, Storm Queen found the singer leaning into different textures and instrumentation to frame her turbulent songs