XANI Xani Kolac Melbourne Ask Xani Kolac (Clare Bowditch, Tim Rogers, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Martin Martini & the Bone Palace Orchestra) to describe her latest batch of songs for her debut solo project, XANI, and she’ll tell you that there are “songs about being needy and songs that are downright depressing”. These are not words that spring to mind when one encounters electric violinist and AU Review Best Live Instrumentalist nominee, Xani, onstage or off. Being a naturally energetic and bubbly performer, Kolac toes the line in her songwriting perfectly between being “happy but kind of sad”. XANI’s debut EP is four tracks laid thick with country guitar, crooning backing vocals, and Kolac’s own trademark strings that shimmer and soar throughout. Recorded and mixed by Marty Brown (Clare Bowditch) this EP will be released in April 2017.