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Song of the Week: Arrival by Japanese Wallpaper

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If ever there was a soothing song for your Sunday, it might just be this startling track, “Arrival” from Japanese Wallpaper. The tune caps off the Melbourne producer’s solid five track EP Japanese Wallpaper, with some incredible collabs, including Pepa Knight, Airling and Jesse Davidson.

This particular song features vocals from one of our faves here at Vinyl Garden, Sydney artist Dustin Tebbutt. The two artists are a match made in heaven with this collab, with Japanese Wallpaper adding colour to Dustin’s wistful melodies. They are both very gentle in their songwriting and performing styles, so it really is a treat to listen to:

I was lucky enough to catch Dustin Tebbutt at the Metro Theatre on Thursday in his collaboration show with The Kite String Tangle, and one thing I really took out of it was how wonderful it is, this trend emerging in the Australian music scene of collaboration over competition. Artists helping each other out, making incredible stuff together.

Japanese Wallpaper has been very smart about this in this EP, and at only 18 years old, I’m just keen to see what he will do next, and who we might see on his next track.

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: King And Cross by Ásgeir

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If you haven’t checked out Icelandic folk acoustic artist Ásgeir yet, then do yourself a favour and get his stunning song “King And Cross” on your current playlist. Right now.

Besides exhibiting that fabled European beauty with his lazy beanie, neat stubble and icy blue eyes (ahem, back on track now Erin), he creates magic with thick harmonies and simple, bright guitar lines. Think a little of the rhythm of Sigur Rós with a touch of echoey vocal stylings like Dustin Tebbutt.

 

Like what you hear? Just wait till you check out his live sets:

 

He strikes a nice balance between relaxing yet energising in his music – something that’s often hard to find in the genre!

You can listen to more of Ásgeir’s sweet tunes in his new album In The Silence or catch him on his Australian tour later this year. 

By Erin Rooney

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EP Highlights: Bones by Dustin Tebbutt

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Artist: Dustin Tebbutt
Album: Bones EP
Hometown: New England, NSW
Genre: Acoustic Folk

With winter so quickly descending upon us, it only seems appropriate that Dustin Tebbutt release his chilling second EP Bones.

Tebbutt’s two year sojourn in Sweden writing and recording music has already had a large influence on his first EP, Breach, but traces of this trip still seem to have left marks on his work in this record. The glacial album artwork and references to ‘frozen bones’ and ‘wild heart’ point to European winters and experiences of a new place.

But despite these associations with the cold, Dustin Tebbutt’s mellow guitar and whispering voice will warm you to the core. The track “Bones” has been carefully thought out and is a significant listen in this EP.

The album also features a lovely surprise, the reason why you should listen right now – guest artist Oliver Tank remixing Tebbutt’s hit single “Breach”.

 

“Honest Hands” breathes a further delicacy than the other tracks. It’s like you can feel each stroke of the guitar strings, and Dustin’s voice exhibits a gentle emotional depth with each phrase.

Citing influences such as Sigur Rós and Justin Vernon, Dustin Tebbutt has created a beautiful work with Bones through his tender sound.

Catch Dustin Tebbutt on his intimate Australia wide tour – you can still find tickets to his Brisbane show at the Alhambra Lounge here.

By Erin Rooney