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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crowdfunding is scary!

3 days ago I launched a crowdfunding campaign on pozible.  I’d spent the weekend earlier filming, editing and uploading the video and all of the written parts of the campaign, I also spent a large part of that weekend trying not to talk myself out of it going ahead with it.  Putting yourself out there with a target for everyone to see and watch the progress (or lack of progress whichever the case may be) is terrifying.  When you have applied for a grant or a prize or a competition and you don’t receive the support, or get shortlisted or win- it’s only you and a letter saying ‘the response and depth of talent was overwhelming, unfortunately this time…..’ etc etc.  It’s not so public!  For the most part the indie music career is a case of perception being reality.  The fact that you have only sold 3 copies of your single on itunes can become a ‘yep sales are ticking over, I’d definitely like to see some more, but it’s nice that people are supporting the music’.   You can hide for the most part behind unflagging optimism and telling people what you and them, want to hear- that it’s all worth the monumental effort you are putting in. They can click like on a link that they never actually clicked through and you can pretend they watched it and it made a difference to their day.

I love making music, When I get bogged down in bills, I think ‘I need to stop, think of all the things I could do with this money that I’m killing myself to work for’ and then handing this cash straight over to various components and personnel involved in realising my songs. But then I get a comment from someone I have never met, who came across my music by accident and really loves a particular song,  somehow makes the toiling side of creation worthwhile, or touring Japan, where the music scene is deeply entrenched (as is Australia) in a pay to play scene, I meet people who love music as much as I do- who just want to hear the breadth of what people have out there and again, it keeps you going, taps you into a world that you feel like might be draining you dry financially, but means something important beyond the dollars.  I get to create music- not just play and write it, but realise it in a physical form that gets sent out into the world- I’m really lucky!

So I didn’t talk myself out of the campaign- I posted it and into day 4, after posting it to my entire facebook and twiiter world, I have just 3 magnificent supporters and I’m 9% of the way.  I’m terrified-   Now I’ve got 56 more days of refreshing my pozible page and wondering how I can convince anyone else that $1 would actually mean a massive change for me.  If all of my followers and friends on facebook pledged $1 I’d be over 50% funded- that’s huge and every single one of them would then have a copy of my next song as well. It’s a great feeling to crowd fund others- I just received the new album from Nat Bartsch that I pledged towards in a pozible campaign- for me it was a no-brainer, she writes beautiful music, she needs some support to make the new album happen, I get to help her do that while receiving music that I would want to buy regardless- how can that be a bad thing? I’ve got pledges on other albums and I truly hope that my teensy contribution helps to get each of them over the line.

It’s a tough game, I know full well it’s not all about me, there are a billion ways that money can be spent, there are so many people who desperately need support. I’m not sure what the solution is other than to keep going, to remember that there are people out there to whom your craft makes a big difference.  To remember that for better or worse the compulsion to create is in your being and you’re never going to part with it, so you just need to push through and enjoy the adventure regardless of what path it might lead you down. I figure, If I don’t make my target, at least I won’t be wondering what if and seriously, it’s not the end of the world,  I’ll still be making music no matter what.

So I’ve decided I’m going to try my best not to look at my pozible page this weekend- I’m going to play the piano and sing instead- for the love of it, for fun, for free.  Have a great weekend and thanks for indulging my overthinking mind today and If I can encourage you to jump on any of the crowdfunding platforms- kickstarter, pozible etc and completely make a difference for someone’s creative project.

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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 Video- This Lonely Room

I posted the soundcloud link for This Lonely Room a few days ago because with my last single, I released both the audio and the video at the same time and I got such overwhelming feedback on the video ( I suspect mainly because of the whole crazy cat obsession in it), which was wonderful- but no one mentioned the song at all and the music is why I do it, it is what I spend the majority of my time and energy on, so I found it really strange that the very thing I was trying to promote got swept to the side.

Making videos is definitely a fun thing, but the experience taught me how visual people are- that as soon as you put an image with something it sticks, the two seem to become quite inseparable.  When I write music, I have strong visuals in my head, I know what the characters look like and when I listen to music, I love that we can put our own visuals to a soundtrack.  It was a tough choice to create a video for this particular track, because it is a dark, brooding, building song- but I didn’t want the video to be too angsty and so we decided to take a cue from the likes of Dario Argento and David Lynch, Joss Whedon or even Quentin Tarantino- who can turn a very serious dark moment into something a bit absurd- in the case of my video we went for lo-fi special fx and gore.  It’s a video that doesn’t take itself too seriously, even though I don’t think of the song itself as a joke.

I hope you enjoy the video- but would also love it if you took time to close your eyes and listen to the song in it’s own right.  Above all- thank you for your time to do either, We live in such a fast paced world and I appreciate you supporting me so much!

The song is out on itunes now.

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This Lonely Room- Preview listen of the Brand New Single

I’ve got a brand new song out on Monday, but I’m really proud of this one so I thought I’d give you all a listen before the official release.

Standby for the video too- out on Monday at 9am!

Presenting- This Lonely Room:

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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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Song Addiction- Tame Impala

Most of my song addictions come quite inconveniently on the radio whilst I’m driving. Inconvenient because I get excited, occasionally want to applaud, ring the radio station to thank them, write down the song details etc- all not too easy to do with your hands on the wheel. Nonetheless, driving affords me time to listen to all sorts of things I wouldn’t otherwise, I’m a captive audience for at least 2 hours a day.

The latest song that has stuck from the first listen is Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’ It’s a bit of a psychedelic rock number and the lead singer sounds like John Lennon. One lyric line in particular plays on repeat- ‘He pulled the mirrors off his cadillac, because he doesn’t like it looking like he’s looking back’ The songwriter in me, totally did a happy dance upon hearing that one. Excellent!

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Japan Tour 2012- footage

Here’s a little bit of a video I’ve put together of my shenanigans of September 2012 in wondrous Japan.

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ASTRA- Piano between fingers and electronic transformation

I was lucky enough to see both the rehearsal run and the performance of a highly ambitious and truly engaging presentation of new works on Sunday.

Titled ‘Piano Between Fingers and Electronic Transformation’ it featured the works of two Melbourne based composers Anthony Lyons and Steve Adam who composed pieces for solo piano and computer technology, and who for the past year have been devising work in close consultation with the pianist at the centre of the performance- Sonja Lifschitz.
It was entrancing, so often the fusion between organic and electronic can be forced and insincere- creating 2 separate sound sources that divide and confuse the listening experience.  However in the case of this performance they were entwined with subtle beauty, each allowing the other to take focus or to support.   Lifschitz in both her technical prowess and her commanding presence and focus in what was a demanding 70 minutes of playing was mesmerizing.

Here is a video from the compositional process leading up to the performance.

 

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