Deanmill Workers Club was filled with the sounds of uniquely blended modern folk and electronica by Perth folk singer Carus Thompson on Friday. More than 50 people filled the club to listen to Thompson’s unique folk sound, his set including songs from both classic tracks and songs from his latest album Neon Folk. Thompson said the venue had been high on his wish list after hearing about the club from fellow musicians who spoke about the “community vibe” after performing at the venue. “A friend of mine said that he had this cool gig in the middle of nowhere that’s got an awesome vibe,” he said. Thompson said the South West tour had felt like a positive homecoming experience after being caught up in COVID-19 lockdowns over east. “The country is pretty amazing and to be in this kind of landscape is pretty incredible,” he said. “If you come through this inland way, the history is pretty amazing. “When you come here, you feel really Western Australian and have a connection to where you’re from.” His experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and being in lockdown in the Eastern States, unable to see his family back in WA, were the inspiration for Thompson’s latest album. “I started writing in the beginning of 2020, because I spent all of 2020 and 2021 in Melbourne in lockdown. I had nine months away from my family who were here (in WA),” he said. “It got very divisive and the government went really hard. It was a really full-on time. “I’ve always written about political things, songs about refugees and Indigenous rights, and this big political thing was happening and I just felt I had to write about it.” Thompson explained the reasoning behind the new album’s title Neon Folk, with the addition of electronic instruments and elements to his usual folk sound. “I’m a folk musician and with this album, we put more electronica stuff on it, so it’s kind of modern folk and a new approach,” he said. His newest album is now available on Spotify. Thompson has plans for another tour of the South West in February, performing at least one show at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant.