Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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
Posted by The Nightfly