What happens when the musical worlds of Australian Music icon Steve Kilbey & classically trained ARIA Award winner Gareth Koch collide?
The answer lies in their new single Broken Toys– a refined and confident title brimming with sensitivity, experience and fresh ideas.
It’s not easy to describe a fascinating and unexpected collaboration such as this one. Steve Kilbey is perhaps best known as frontman of veteran rock band The Church. Gareth Koch on the other hand is a Viennese-trained classical guitarist/composer.
(photo credit: Tony Mott)
The Kilbey/Koch musical arrangements are acoustic and highly sophisticated. ‘Classical’ is one way of describing the sound. But it is much more than that. Kilbey is a self-confessed classicist, so the pairing is actually spot on. Kilbey & Koch have roughly 1000 years of music history bubbling away in their consciousness, and coupled with this knowledge is a keen awareness of contemporary sensibilities.
Sparkling effervescent textures, percussion by veteran stickman Barton Price (of Models fame), dobros, classical and 12-string guitars and even a 1966 ‘Beatle Bass’ all combine to create a unique and original soundscape.
Their eclectic partnership draws inspiration from medieval music to post-modern psychedelia, with every imaginable influence in between. These experienced musicians have created a strong and immediately recognisable musical identity, a new sound and aesthetic that comes with a fluid movement across genres. The result is a unique blend of classical & pop sensibilities with lyrics poised for repeated listening.
Expertly mixed by Russell Pilling at Damien Gerard Studios Sydney and superbly mastered by Grammy Awardwinning King Willy Sound, Broken Toys is a feast for the ears.
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Following on from the popular first single The Way It Is, which premiered on Triple J’s Roots & All show back in February, Australian singer/songwriter Mick Hart has dropped a second taste of his forthcoming album, Awake.
3am Or Anytime is a gentler offering than its predecessor, this time more of an acoustic roots ballad that charmingly shows off Hart’s silky vocals and sublime guitar work, premiered pre release on Sarah Howells Influential Stir It Up Show on ABC Double J the song is already off to a great start ahead of its release April 5.
A sweet love song, 3am Or Anytime centres around the alluring chorus, “You can steal my blanket anytime, you can drink my last full glass of wine, you can wake me for help at 3am or anytime, you can take my heart because you’re mine.”
ARIA nominated for “Best Blues and Roots” in 2002 for his sophomore album Upside Down In The Full Face of Optimism, Mick Hart occupies a sonic space that’s influenced by Jeff Buckley and Ben Harper, from sparse acoustic songs to wild dirty blues rock and some brilliant lap-slide guitar.
Hart has been touring the world for the past 20 years, playing festivals and concerts all over Australia, the UK and Europe, Japan and the USA. Praised all over the globe, Mick has played support to Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Sting, Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Gomez, The Pretenders, Paul Kelly, The John Butler Trio and many more.
The new album Awake will be available for pre-sale orders on April 2 through MGM. Awake is Mick’s first recording in five years, featuring 16 brand new songs – a brilliant and epic mix of soulful indie folk rock, from beautiful and intimate acoustic to blistering blues.
Mick is off to tour Europe in April and will be back for an Australian tour by Winter. Stay tuned for more details.
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