If you’re in or around Melbourne, you most likely would have heard the name Tessa & The Typecast. They’ve been gigging around for a while, and have just finished recording their debut EP, Lemons. The EP features lead track, Painter (you’ll probably know this one) as well as another 4 tracks. It’s that kinda female led indie stuff that the local scene seems to be frothing at lately. Great sounding vocals, piano led band. Also comes complete with cello for good measure aye!
Lead single Painter is actually really nice. It’s got a really great almost staccato xylophone (i think) motif going throughout that’s pretty nicely complemented by this nice warm cello sound. When the bass kicks in, it kicks. We got Painter down below.
Make sure you check out the guys as they launch the EP which is due out Oct 14.
Saturday 22nd October RAOB GAB Buffalo Club
w/special guests I, A Man
22 Sutherland Place Melbourne
8pm $10 Entry
Saturday 29th October Sydney Upstairs At The Beresford
Level 1, Beresford Hotel
354 Bourke St Surry Hills
7pm Free Entry *Note Early Start
Sunday 30th October Sydney LowBar 302
w/special guests Pear Shape
302 Crown St, Surry Hills
8pm Free Entry
Th.e n.d has one of the most difficult names to write…and to say in music. I don’t know how you would pronounce this guys name, but hey, this is a written medium. The dude is from Berlin and creates this piano heavy jazzy chill stuff. Think classic Thievery Corporation, stuff like that. Bit of an AIR feel in some of the tracks too.
I got sent not much info on this dude, but after a bit of trawling (his MySpace was pretty difficult to find!), I found out some. His MySpace lists him as Ambient/Electroacoustic/Experimental. I like Electroacoustic. Great genre name, and it also fits Th.e n.d pretty darn well. You can get his EP Schizophrenic Birth via his netlabel Acustronica, and although it’s only a three track EP, they all have this feeling of being classics about them. Anyway, it’s really difficult to pick a fave out of the three, but i’d have to go with the middle track Brahmans Son.
ok. So this album came out at the beginning of this month. Is actually really good. I was a little unsure about it at first – his first single Small Town Girl was pretty pop, and it got made a pretty big commercial radio hit. But the album has a really good vibe to it. Sure it’s pop, and some people may have a little trouble getting used to the man’s voice, but yeah.
It’s all pretty much piano driven tracks on this album. Mr Bull started playing the keys pretty early on – apparently his dad collected them as Andy was growing up. This shows. The dude has some good chops (muso talk for skills)!
In terms of standout tracks, the opener and title track, is a definite winner. Most of the tracks on this album seem to be about the lllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssss. yeah…umm…that says ladies just in case you couldn’t read it. We’re Too Young speaks of what could’ve been etc etc.
Other major tracks would be the early single, Small Town Girl, the funk of Young Man, the awesome vocal workings of She’s A Ghost, the slowly building Girls! (yeah, there is an exclamation mark there. Must’ve got excited when thinking about the girls??!!), and the final track, the ballad The Sum Of All My Dreams.
So yeah, that’s it. Andy Bull is definitely a dude to keep your eye on. His local too, which is always a bonus…well he’s from Sydney…but we won’t hold that against him.
People call him ‘soul-pop’…and i’d tend to agree. He doesn’t lose any of his musicalness (new word. Oxford Dictionary will pay me later, I’m sure) either with the commercialness of his tracks. He’s cool. The album is cool. I’m cool. You might be too!
To leave you with, the standout for me. Also, a pretty decent cover of MGMT’s Electric Feel.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.