Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Elkkle: Diderot

22-year-old Australian artist Callum Baker aka elkkle grew up on Phillip Island of Hemsworth brothers and penguin fame. Picking up the guitar at 13, his true moment of inspiration arrived in 2011 when hearing beat maker friend Jack Vanzet aka producer Thrupence, now signed to Future Classic. Relocating to Melbourne in 2012, he became a music composition major at the Victorian College of the Arts after impressing with tracks made at home using Ableton Live production software.

In August 2015 an excellent four-track EP was released with fellow Melbourne producer/singer-songwriter Elle Graham aka Woodes. His solo debut came last fall with the stellar singles "Soft Erasure" and "Don't Look Down".

This month he dropped the superb single "Diderot". Inspired by the concept 'the Diderot Effect', elkkle himself describes it as being essentially a heart break song, but one which seeks to "step away from stories that overromantise or use hyperbole to make them engaging, in favor of a more documented form."

The video by director Rex Kane-Hart, a longtime friend and frequent collaborator, is exceptional, perfectly matching the refreshingly playful, constantly surprising, and utterly hypnotic soundscape created by elkkle.

Three shows supporting Max Byrne aka acclaimed Brisbane producer Golden Vessel are coming up this week and next week.

NOTE: Golden Vessel's single "Shoulders" featuring elkkle and 18-year-old Brisbane female singer-rapper Mallrat was released June 9.

Melbourne: June 29, Workers Club
Brisbane: June 30, The Foundry
Sydney: July 6, Brighton Up Bar







Monday, June 19, 2017

Melissa McMillan: Frail Ground + Shade

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Melissa McMillan graduated from the University of North Texas with a music degree before moving to NYC and picking up composing. An in-demand session
singer, she eventually formed her own band and released a stellar six-track self-titled debut EP in 2015. 

On March 16 she performed a new and stunning song of hers entitled "Frail Ground" at the Chord Club on the Upper East Side as part of the ongoing Sofar concert series; the clip was uploaded to the Sofar YouTube channel June 14.  Note: The stellar guitarist is Brad Allen Williams.

McMillan's flawless live vocals are as mesmerizing as the ones she delivers in the recording studio: the most recent example is the dreamlike video accompanying the beautiful track "Shade" uploaded to Vimeo in October of last year by the director Aaron Vazquez. 

No gigs are scheduled at this point, but check her website and FB now and then for announcements.





https://vimeo.com/bluecamelot  (director Aaron Vazquez)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dua Lipa: Lost In Your Light (Featuring Miguel)

Dua Lipa has a very busy concert schedule that stretches into next year. Currently performing at summer festivals, she kicks off her fall tour October 5 in Brighton and wraps up a month later in London; in between is a string of gigs in continental Europe, including Scandinavia. In late February/early March she has four shows at the Spark Arena in Auckland.

The 21-year-old London native with Kosovar-Albaian parents dropped her self-titled debut full-length earlier this month. The sixth single off the album is the irresistible "Lost in Your Light" which features Miguel and was co-written by him as well.  The video perfectly matches the floating-on-a-cloud vibe; the clip was shot in L.A, but no word on who directed it.