Songs of Disappearance, an album of frog calls, debuts at third behind Paul Kelly and Taylor Swift on the ARIA charts

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Songs of Disappearance, an album of frog calls, debuts at third behind Paul Kelly and Taylor Swift on the ARIA charts

An album featuring the croaks and calls of Australian frogs has debuted at number three on the ARIA charts, just behind Taylor Swift and Paul Kelly for the top spot. 

It did however beat out Jimmy Barnes’ Blue Christmas, which came in at number four in its second week on the charts. 

The album, titled Australian Frog Calls: Songs of Disappearance, debuted on the ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart on Friday, following its release last week.

Featuring 58 frogs from across Australia, including more than 40 classed as endangered or extinct, the album comes from the same team of academics, musicians and conservations that created an album of Australian bird songs that was the first of its kind to reach the ARIA charts.

Now their second album has gone even further, debuting in the top three.

Album producer and Charles Darwin University (CDU) PhD candidate Anthony Albrecht said the group had set out to do “something even more outlandish” this time round by putting “croaking frogs” centre stage.

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A preview of a track from Songs of Disappearance.(Supplied: Bowerbird Collective )

“We just felt like there was something really fascinating about moving from something that I think all people associate with beauty … to something that not everyone necessarily associates with beauty,” he said.

“They were the underdogs — or the underfrogs, as we like to say.”

He said the album features a wide range of frog sounds, including calls that sound like “tinkly bells”, “someone puckering up for a giant kiss” and the “deep, mournful croaks” of a long-extinct species. 

A dark-coloured frog sitting on some brown leaves.
The Giant Burrowing Frog, which is considered a vulnerable species, is one of the frogs whose calls are featured on the album. (Supplied:  Josie Stokes)

‘The frogs versus Taylor Swift’

The team’s previous album, Songs of Disappearance: Australian Bird Calls, made international news late last year when it sold several thousand copies and eventually soared to second place on ARIA’s albums chart.

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