02 Sep Vienna People – Just Do It.
The ol’ Vienna People barely got a rest this week, as we churned out another huge week of tasty rhythms and melodies for your ear holes.
We had the pleasure of getting through a large chunk of recording the second EP for a wonderful songwriter in Tom Stephens. Tom’s songwriting is gorgeous, drawing inspiration from the ol’ folk guys like Nick Drake, but with modern textures and powerful lyrics that cannot hep but draw listeners right into their core. This is one of the first projects we’ve tracked live in quite awhile, the way in which this band (featuring Cameron Whipp on Double Bass + Miles Thomas on drums) grooves together had to be captured straight up. We’ll have some string ladies in to add a few taste sensations this saturday. We cannot wait for you to hear this one! Check out the latest at his Facebook
Back to their self proclaimed ‘home away from home’, Lachlan and Patrick from Sam + the Bird are back at VP for mixing of their debut album ‘Two Halves’ this week. A double album – half of which is the acoustic instrumental incarnation of SATB that has existed in Devonshire St tunnel and St James station for years through Lachlan’s busking, and half of which is its newest form, with Patrick (from Lepers and Crooks fame) on vocals. This album explores and touches on many styles of writing and music, and lyrically is intensely personal and moving. There’s Djembe, melodica, some of the most insane slide guitar sounds on earth, and a voice that exudes such honesty, we’ve had the best time working with these boys on something really special. VP recently got a bunch of new sound toy plugins which we’ve been very excited to give a whirl on a couple of these tracks! Check out their Facebook and on instagram @samandthebird.
Lisa De Angelis is in pre-production for her debut EP with us, we just finished up a couple of tunes to get ready to build the songs with some delicious additives. The tunes are snarling poppy blues numbers, forged in the heart of southern america on long drives across baron landscapes. The words are magical, somewhere between T.S.Eliot in heartache, and Dickens in a cadillac at sunset. Lisa will be with us late september to begin to bring these songs forth after a long period of dormancy, it’s very exciting!
In the Vienna People leisure column this week (and much to the dismay of nautical travellers on Sydney harbour last saturday) Scotty was the ship captain for a period of time after catching 11 fish on a bucks party. Also, despite our inherent non-dad-ness, we took it as an RDO and weeded gardens, and generally smiled a lot.
Mike and Scotty
What we’re listening to this week –
1. Nick Drake – Man in a shed
2. Kelly Clarkson – Never Again
3. The Khanz – Falling Apart
4. Sam and the Bird – I believe in ghosts
5. FIFA 13 – Music for the platform game
6. Bob Marley – Three little birds
7. Laura Marling – Devils speak
8. James Blake – Wilhelm scream
9. Michael McGlynn – Within our reach
10. Geri Halliwell – It’s raining men