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The Cat Empire frontman Felix Riebl follows the Melbourne band’s recent number one album with his second solo album, his first since 2011’s Into The Rain. Not that it’s a purely solo affair – the highlights are three stunning duets, with Riebl’s Chris Martin-like vocal complemented by Martha Wainwright (In Your Arms), Katy Steele (Wasting Time) and Tinpan Orange’s Emily Lubitz (Snowflakes). The result is quieter and more intimate than The Cat Empire, but no less powerful, and the female vocals elevate the record to glorious heights. Here’s to more Riebl solo offerings.

Paper Doors is out September 2 via My Shore Productions/Kobalt.

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