The second album by Katie Noonan’s jazz trio of 14 years Elixir, “First Seed Ripening” was released in August 2011. Debuting at #1 on the ARIA Jazz charts where it spent 9 weeks, “First Seed Ripening” then went on to take out the 2011 ARIA Award (Jazz category).
The response in press was similarly enthusiastic:
“like a samurai sword through silk....this enchanting, honest, intimate album can’t fail” – The Mercury
“weaves an intensely musical reverie” – Limelight
“Serenely ethereal” – The Australian
“The album's 14 songs have a seductive pull, helped along by a Nick Drake-level tranquility and, naturally, our heroine's effortless vocal style” - Rave Magazine
“filled with enchantment...Noonan’s voice, bare and beautiful against husband Zac Hurren’s intimate soprano sax and Stephen Magnusson’s expert jazz guitar, shines like a midnight star” – Sunday Herald Sun
“a moving, magnificent album” - Gold Coast Bulletin
Reflective, brooding and hauntingly beautiful, Elixir is Noonan, her saxophonist husband Zac Hurren (winner of the National Jazz Award 2009) and Stephen Magnusson, regarded by many as Australia's finest jazz guitarist (Paul Grabowsky, Australian Art Orchestra, Vince Jones). Their self-titled first album became a top 20 best-seller upon its release in 2003, and Melbourne-based Magnusson joined the band in 2005.
'First Seed Ripening' is largely inspired by the words of legendary Australian poet Thomas Shapcott but also feature's inspired covers (or ‘tributes’ as Katie refers to them) of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Radiohead and Split Enz. Live, the band have been known to throw all manner of ‘tributes' into the mix.