NEW SINGLE FOR EMMA LOUISE ‘I wrote Underflow about that feeling that swells up inside of you when you know that things in your life are about to change. It’s like an undercurrent that at first you ignore, and it builds and builds until you know you need to make a decision, albeit hard and scary at the time. Then the change comes, and everything is new and different.’ – Emma Louise
THE BAMBOOS RELEASE BEST OF ALBUM Celebrating 15 years of making music in 2015, Australia’s The Bamboos have long established themselves as one of the leading soul band on the global scene. Tru Thoughts mark this milestone on 27th November with this compilation of some of the bands greatest moments on the label, handpicked by the band, as well as three exclusive live tracks. The Bamboos recorded some of their most beloved and classic works while signed to esteemed UK label Tru Thoughts for seven years
between 2005 and 2012. Over five albums for the imprint, they refined and evolved their sound with a progressive approach, shedding the ‘retro’ label along the way but also retaining the warmth, rawness and soul of their roots. Compiled on ‘Best Of The Tru Thoughts Years’ are 13 songs that shine a light on this evolution – a fitting companion piece for The Bamboos’ 15 year anniversary in 2015, and a celebration of one of the most beloved, cherished and respected soul/ funk bands of the 21st century.
Such is the sentiment that underpins Emma Louise’s stunning new single, ‘Underflow’. Produced by Pascal Gabriel (Goldfrapp, Ladyhawke) and premiered by Beats 1, the song offers an insight into the artist’s world and a glimpse at her new album – due for release in early 2016 – also marking her first official release with Liberation Music. Talents like Emma Louise are rare. A true artist in every sense of the word, the Brisbane songstress’s music is closely entwined with her being. Her music draws you in, urging you to dig deeper, creating a long-lasting impression. Like much of Emma’s work, her new single ‘Underflow’ captures a very real feeling and emotion, building lusciously to a glorious crescendo that washes over the listener in soft, cascading waves. Emma herself created the single artwork for ‘Underflow’, a testament to the fact that everything she releases is 110% Emma Louise. She
painted the single cover’s protagonist bald, and in a classic case of life imitating art, later had to shave her own head due to a mishap during the making of the video. Emma has just finished writing and recording her second album, and is now immersed in creating the artwork, images, videos and costumes that will accompany this very exciting next chapter. A fiercely independent, creative and inspiring musician.
Melbourne artists have a reputation for making interesting, enlightening music and Dan Kelly is no exception. The nephew of legendary Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, Dan’s musical output could be considered fairly experimental – though he undoubtedly shares his uncle’s pop sensibility. Born and brought up in Brisbane, Kelly moved to Melbourne twenty years ago to study and make music, going under the name Dank Alley to avoid any accusation of cashing in on the family name. It was a brave move, but an understandable one, given the obvious opportunities for comparison (just ask Jakob Dylan or Liam Finn). Eventually the pseudonym was dropped (wisely perhaps) and he began performing live and making records as part of the band Dan Kelly and The Alpha Males. By 2006, Kelly had established himself as one of Australia’s most respected performers, earning an ARIA nomination for Best Male Artist, an achievement that he repeated a year later. Now, in 2015, he has a new band and has released a new album (his seventh) through ABC. The record’s called Leisure Panic! and the first single is the effortlessly catchy Never Stop the Rot. Look out for Kelly on tour in 2016, or pick up the album at your nearest good record store. Lachlan Bryan
MINT Magazine November
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Mint (issue 9) November 2015