Let it shine (single, 2020)

by Floyd Thursby feat. Mademoiselle



The first single from the new album of duets 'The South Lands' by Mademoiselle and Floyd Thursby, released in September 2020.

Melbourne musician Floyd Thursby and Hanoi singer-songwriter Mademoiselle have written, recorded and released a new album of duets. Featuring nine tracks sung in both English and Vietnamese, The South Lands is a story of the shared secrets of daily life in Australia and Vietnam. Why ‘The South Lands’? Both the word ‘Australia’ and the word ‘Nam’ in ‘Việt Nam’ originally mean ‘south’, so both countries have the common bond of being literally ‘South Lands’.

The folk/rock album incorporates both European instruments like guitar and keyboards, as well as Vietnamese instruments such as the one-string đàn bầu and the tuned gongs cồng chiêng. The contemplative lyrics explore romance, caring for others, unrequited love, dreaming of far away places and people, hope and happiness.

The two musicians have both performed many times at the Hanoi Social Club, one of Vietnam’s best indie music venues, and were introduced online by the Club’s owner John Sylvan. They met in person for the first time in August 2019, only hours before their debut performance at a state banquet in Hanoi hosted by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.



released August 16, 2020
The South Lands was recorded and produced in Melbourne by Marty Brown (Art of Fighting, Clare Bowditch) with support from the Australian Embassy in Vietnam and is available on all streaming platforms and also for download at floydthursby.bandcamp.com. Mastered by Ross Cockle. Design by Lwnski.


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