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Recalling the sublime fingerpicked purity of folk singers-past such as Bridget St John and Linda Perhacs, estimable Melbourne folk artist Lucy Roleff releases her debut album This Paradise via Lost And Lonesome on July 15, 2016.
The follow-up to Longbows — Lucy’s acclaimed EP of 2013 — was recorded with Tony Dupé (Holly Throsby, Grand Salvo) at his home studio in a hundred year-old church in South Gippsland; Tony and his partner Claire Deak adding some subtle strings, bowed glockenspiel, pump organ and cymbal washes to Lucy’s deft nylon string, harp and woodwind compositions.
First single 'Aspen' has been gathering praise from reliable sources — Happy called the track “an icy, crystallised piece of chamber folk; delicate and piercing as a stalactite”, while Scottish blog 17 Seconds suggested “comparisons could be drawn with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Nick Drake and Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins”, adding “this is one of the best things I have heard this year”.
‘Every Time’ the album’s second single (composed on a 20 euro tobacco-stained junk store acoustic guitar that Lucy acquired while residing in Berlin in a few years back), is a meditation on moments of quiet domestic solitude and moments of turmoil brought by a vagabond lover who comes and goes, stirring everything in their wake.
1) Aspen 2 Haus 3) Hotel Interstate 4) This Paradise 5) I Held Back The Hair 6) Chasing The Dog 7) Every Time 8) How Will I Get That High? 9) Two Children 10) Jessica
The follow-up to Tim Richmond's strikingly understated 2012 'solo' album Dot is an altogether different affair, with elements of funk, dark electronica and 60s pastoral sounds finding their way into the Melbourne musician's skewed pop/folk repertoire.
Case in point is first single 'Come to Papa' — drummer Joe Alexander (Terrible Truths) and bassist Mark Monnone (ex-Lucksmiths) work up a heady groove throughout the verse before climbing to the chorus — a waltz-y singalong custom-made for when the footy's sailing through the big posts, into the crowd.
On ‘Good Word’ — the dark synth-heavy epic that forms the album’s centrepiece — Richmond’s nonchalant vocal and guitar are clear and concise atop a hip hop drumbeat put to tape by Peter Luscombe of Paul Kelly-fame.
Produced by John Lee (Lost Animal, The Ancients) at Phaedra Studios in Melbourne, What’s in the Middle? is as warm in delivery as it is far reaching in ambition.
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We're proud as punch to announce Classic Connection the new album by Melbourne guitar pop six-piece Ciggie Witch — out next Friday June 3; a co-release with the band's own label Osborne Again.
Classic Connection follows the 2014 debut album Rock and Roll Juice which was described by Sonic Masala as “rich in existential whimsy, introverted melancholy, yet has an overall love of living life in the moment”.
Ciggie Witch members have also been known to concoct indie pop masterpieces in bands like The Ocean Party and Totally Mild so it’s no surprise Classic Connection — with its woozy lap steel, twinkling keys and dreamy harmonies — is blessed with an infectious carefree swagger.
‘Walking the Tracks’, the third single from the album (following ‘Look of Pain’ and ‘Meet Me in the Middle’) juxtaposes some of Zac Denton’s prevailing personal issues like “Catching the flu from walking in the winter rain” against a guitar lick potent enough to cure any such ailment.
Equipped with multiple songwriters and a healthy DiY production ethic, Ciggie Witch have lost none of their endearing social awkwardness whilst tightening up the sound for album numero duo.
CIGGIE WITCH CLASSIC CONNECTION LAUNCH DATES
Thurs, June 9 Canberra The Phoenix w/ Wives + Zone Out (solo)
Fri, June 10 Sydney The Union w/ Black Springs + Zone Out (solo) + Greenwave Beth
Mon, June 13 Melbourne Monday Night Mass at NSC w/ Truly Holy + Michael Beach Band + Pure Moods + Cyanide Thornton
Thurs, June 16 Adelaide The Metro Hotel w/ The Bitter Darlings + Zone Out (solo)
Fri, June 17 Ballarat The Eastern w/ Tropical Snakes + Michael Beach Band + Zone Out (solo)