Category Archives: Inspiration

Massive song crush- Sohn ‘The Wheel’

They have just started playing this track on independent radio here in Melbourne, so I was really surprised to find, when hunting for it on line, that it is already a year old.

Better late than never though- it’s a great song, that I can’t stop listening to.

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Boyhood

I am really looking forward to seeing the new film ‘Boyhood‘ by Richard Linklater.  The Before Sunrise/Sunset trilogy of films are favourites of mine.  I find the films themselves to be so deeply human, so real, so familiar is the melancholy, the reflection and the tug of war of simply living a life, played out in real time that you really do feel immersed.

Linklater’s commitment to such long term concepts  is very brave in a world where creatives are so often locked in to producing content in short time periods to maximize the marketing dollar investment in them.  Or who churn out constant work in order to stave off a fear of fading away.  To be able to watch these actors age and deal with the passage of time and experience across films or within the one film as is the case with Boyhood, is endlessly fascinating to me.

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Pamela Reid

I’ve been meaning to send you over to look at the beautiful visual art of Melbourne lady Pamela Reid for a little while- so here I go…

Pamela will tell you that she came to the craft later in her life, but I would argue she’s had it in her since day one.  Upon meeting her you are immediately swept up in her boundless energy and creative lifeforce (she is an absolute firecracker in the best possible way), it is no surprise to me that she is able to capture  both the tiniest, intimate emotions of everyday people as well as the larger arcs of landscape and light in her work.

 

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Metropolis I – Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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Revisiting your youth in images

I really love the concept behind this series by Japanese artist Chino Otsuka.

She has inserted her current self into photos from her childhood,  playing on memory and nostalgia, alienation and comfort.  The works just bring up so many thoughts and feelings for me as a viewer.  I think if I saw these images on a gallery wall I would find it extremely difficult to look away.

I highly recommend you head over to her website and check out this series as well as her incredible catalogue of work.

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Belly of the Beast

This week I received my reward for contributing to the pozible crowdfunding campaign for Belly of the Beast– the first publication for an innovative Melbourne based design School- Old School the New School for Graphic Design & Typography.  A beautiful children’s book by Rosetta Lake Mills.IMG_0682 IMG_0683

I chose this book Lucy & the Moving Moon as my reward as something I can read to my 10 week old daughter- Newborns are really receptive to stark black and white images and patterns and she loves to hear me reading to her- even though she is a long way from understanding the words, the melodic sounds we make when reading are all feeding her rapidly growing brain with information.

I was also really happy to contribute to the campaign to get issue 1 of Belly of the Beast off the ground- it is a great opportunity for individual voices to be championed in print- what is not to love about that!

*** I must add after reading the book, I was a bit taken aback with the ending- keeping spiders in jars because you don’t agree with their thoughts on the moon?- I rewrote the story for future readings!

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Fridgebuzz: An Ode to Radiohead

2 years ago, one of my amazingly talented friends Mr Josh Cohen pulled together an extremely ambitious and complex concert in the non-conventional space of Old Melbourne Gaol. It was a one night only, sold-out affair covering a huge cross section of Radiohead repertoire with a full band, string quartet and choir across 3 levels of the Gaol. I was really happy to have been a part of the choir- it was a special night and singing Radiohead is always a pleasure!

Josh has been working tirelessly on the audio and visual from the night and has recently posted the results… enjoy:

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Ice Cream Cathedral

This Danish trio make really beautiful dreamy pop- somewhere between the bird and the bee, goldfrapp and their own beautiful sound, they have just been added to the Roskilde Festival lineup- they’ll be a household name soon, so get in early so you can say you’ve liked them since before they went mainstream.

Check them out:

 

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The Drones- I see seaweed

I have been hearing a lot of the Drones new album ‘I see seaweed’ over the past couple of months and it took me a while to realise that the songs I was hearing were actually the same band from the same album. Their sound covers a lot of ground, they really aren’t locked in to a definitive genre which I love.  The thing that pulls these songs together is some seriously strong songwriting.  Really great Australian band!

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Postal Service Reforming!

Just dropping in to say how excited I am about the news I just heard- The Postal Service look like they are reforming on their 10th Anniversary.

I completely and utterly adore their album ‘Give Up’.  It never dates for me and contains some of the most incredible lyrics.

If you haven’t heard of them- take a listen here:

They have spawned more remixes and covers than you can imagine (in fact I used to do a version of ‘The District Sleeps Tonight’ in my osh10 sets.
My favourite remix comes from Matthew Deer:

Cannot wait to see if this rumour comes to fruition and whether it entails some brand new songs!

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Music from La Muse

It’s been a while since I posted anything- sorry for the absence, but I was lucky enough to spend most of November locked away in the beautiful mountains of Labastide Esperbairenque in Southern France.  I was at the artist residence La Muse and had a magical time away from everything writing the remainder of my new album.

The gorgeous and talented Welsh duo Charlie and Jess were also in residence writing some folk tunes for a new album.

Here they are in La Muse’s studio, performing a new song:

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