Australian Ghost Story

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Australian Ghost Story
Studio album by The Paradise Motel
Released 11 June 2010
Recorded Warburton, Victoria,
Fitzroy, Victoria
January 2010–April 2010
Genre Acoustic, Orchestral
Length 43:16
Label Inertia Records
Producer The Paradise Motel
The Paradise Motel chronology
Australian Ghost Story
"I Still Hear Your Voice At Night"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Vine positive[1]
Mess+Noise positive[2]
The Mercury positive[3]
Beat Magazine positive[4]
FasterLouder positive[5]
Crikey News positive[6]

Australian Ghost Story is an album by Australian group The Paradise Motel. It was released in June 2010 on Left Over Life To Kill and Inertia Records to positive reviews.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by The Paradise Motel

Australian Ghost Story
No. Title Length
1. "The Witnesses"   3:47
2. "Brown Snake"   4:35
3. "My Sister in 94"   5:01
4. "A Bend in the Terror"   4:01
5. "The Cops"   4:00
6. "Goodwin and the Jumpsuit"   4:27
7. "Familiar Stranger"   3:47
8. "Stations of the Cross"   3:45
9. "Prelude to a Saga"   9:56


  • Merida Sussex – vocals
  • Matt Aulich – guitars, arrangements
  • Esme Macdonald – bass guitar
  • Mark BJ Austin – keyboards, organ, pedal steel
  • Andy Hazel – drums
  • Campbell Shaw – violins
  • Charles Bickford – various


The album was released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the death of Azaria Chamberlain, and was cited in national press as an insightful and respectful companion-piece to the resurgence in media interest in the case.[7] Chief songwriter Charles Bickford stated "We wanted to write a record about a contemporary event that was unique to Australia and part of our shared experience. A lot of artists explore things like convicts eating each other, but to me that's the ancient past." [8]


  1. ^ Hawking, Tom. "Review: The Paradise Motel - Australian Ghost Story". The Vine. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Hammond, JP. "Review:The Paradise Motel - Australian Ghost Story". Mess+Noise. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Bevan, Jarrad. "Review: The Paradise Motel - Australian Ghost Story". The Mercury (Hobart). Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Salter, Leigh. "Review:The Paradise Motel: Australian Ghost Story". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  5. ^ feelingsinister. "Review: The Paradise Motel - Australian Ghost Story". FasterLouder. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Dunlop, Tim. "Review: Ghosts of Australia's Past". Crikey. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Crawford, Anwyn. "Azaria's story is still part of our psyche 30 years later". Fairfax Media. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Quinn, Karl. "Paradise Regained". The Age. Retrieved 11 October 2010.