Lisa Miller - Car Tape
  • RELEASE DATE /7 October 2022
  • LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
  • FORMAT /limited edition red vinyl, black vinyl and digitally
Lisa Miller - Car Tape - red vinyl
Lisa Miller - Car Tape - black vinyl
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Car Tape‘ is an album of country-soul covers by singer-songwriter Lisa Miller, like the treasured cassette tape you would lovingly put together for a long car trip, originally released in 2002 and now available for the first time on vinyl. There is a limited edition of 100 red vinyl, and also available on black vinyl.

Back in the ’90s, before alt-country was really a thing, Melbourne’s Lisa Miller was the leading light of a small vibrant Fitzroy scene, immersed in country soul and classic American singer-songwriters.

As the new millennium dawned, and after two highly acclaimed records of original songs, Lisa wanted to do something a bit different. Something less introspective, and more fun. The initial idea was to just record some cover versions and put it out as a mixtape, and while it eventually arrived on CD instead of cassette, the original concept was maintained. Car Tape featured 13 wonderful tracks. Some were originally by artists who at the time were not as well-known as they seem to be today, like Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark, Bill Withers, The Zombie’s Colin Blunstone and Karen Dalton, and some were by artists who still haven’t gotten their due, like Doug Sahm and Toussaint McCall. Friend and local favourite Tim Rogers even got a guernsey, with an exquisite version of “Words of Sadness”.

Car Tape was immediately loved, first by Lisa’s fans and critics, and soon enough by a surprisingly large and diverse audience. It went on to be one of the best-selling Australian independent albums of 2002 and 2003, and earned Lisa three ARIA nominations, including Best Female Artist.

ARIA Best Female Artist
ARIA Best Independent Release
ARIA Best Adult Contemporary Album

An irresistible, smoky, four-in-the-morning voice … a blissful experience.” – 4 1/2 stars, The Australian

This is a sublime record.” 4 stars, The Age, EG

One of the most divine voices ever heard in Australia.”4 stars, Sunday Telegraph

Like a thunderbolt out of the sky, bright, bold, beautiful, and awe-inspiring.” – Beat Magazine, Album Of The Week

Gloriously delicate.”Daily Telegraph

Not a weak track on it.” – Courier Mail

A collection of tracks ideal for road reflection…but this CD is so good, just listening at home is a great experience.” – Sunday Herald-Sun

Its triumph is in making compositions from neglected or forgotten figures sound like standards.” – Herald-Sun

So much hidden talent, it could almost make you cry.” – Sydney Morning Herald

A wonderful album, stacked with obscure songs and seductive melodies.” – Scene

Somewhere warm. That’s just where Car Tape will take you.” – Inpress

A collection of beautifully reworked rare tunes that whisper around the edges of your conscience.” – Revolver

Car Tape is for the long drive. It will outlast a summer holiday up the coast and still be in the dashboard next Easter.” – HQ

Car Tape is just one of those ideas that’s so simple it works a treat.” – dB Magazine

This will be a critical rave and could be a commercial success given half a chance.” – Country Music Capital News

This stunningly beautiful CD is the kind of dream record everybody wishes they had pumping out of their car stereo on a long road trip.”The West Australian

The emphasis is on the essentials of mood and melody: Car Tape is arranged with a sparsity that aches.” – Rolling Stone

Pure midnight cabaret, conjuring up a musical mood that sticks to the lonely side of blue.” – The Bulletin

The passion, bravery and mastery with which she inhabited each song were transporting — at times, it was as though you could feel her breath against your skin.” – The Age, Live Review

Raoul Records have really put out something here that has extra special quality.” – Drum Media

Beautifully bending these less than familiar tunes to her evocative style, tinged with sadness but still emotionally warm.” – Rave Magazine

Car Tape is already in my car CD rack.” – 4 stars, The Age Green Guide

An absolutely beautiful female vocal with just the right amount of twang, gorgeous lilting guitars that rub the back of your neck so lightly they feel like the breeze, and outstanding renditions of songs…. Sublime.” – Revolver

No affectations, just pure and clear and dedicated to presenting the song in the best way possible.” – Inpress Magazine

Lisa Miller has got a new album. It’s a concept album at the same time as it’s a covers album, and it’s very, very good.” – Beat Magazine

So potent are her visions, you’ll be inspired to take a road trip.” – Time Off

When night falls on a road trip and your back-seat drivers are lolling and dreaming, this is the music you need.” – Sunday Age

Lisa’s voice becomes better with each album and is absolutely sublime here.” – Daily Telegraph

Thirteen stunning interpretations, all with minimal instrumentation, subtly pushing Miller’s wonderful voice to the fore.” – Forte Magazine

Songs sung with love, played with respect, and produced with originality. This album is set to become one of your future favourites.” – Cow Punk Quarterly

What a fascinating covers album. Nothing here is obvious.” – Undercover

Miller’s fetching country lilt and keening voice, and the considered and sympathetic accompaniment around her, renders each song with an almost reverential care. This is a lovely album for anyone who cares about quality.” – 8 stars, Financial Review

One of the treasures of Melbourne’s urban country underground, Lisa Miller has drawn another round of swooning reviews for her third album, Car Tape. Miller’s pure, fragile vocal quality reprises the vulnerable/invincible ladies of country from Patsy Cline to Emmylou Harris, without sounding like any of them.” – Sydney City Search

Critical acclaim for Car Tape is gaining momentum, as is Miller’s reputation for sublime, miss-at-your-peril live performances.” – Beat

Thirteen beautifully rendered heartfelt songs, many of them rather obscure, and mainly laidback and sombre. The emotional performances and the song choices are what makes this album work. A lot of the songs deal with love and devotion to it. Miller’s voice aches and yearns…. this is a great album, a late night album, thoughtful and reflective, not speeding down the highway. Maybe driving alone at night after a confused fight with a lover, or meeting someone new.” – Strum