Melbourne duo Yugen‘s path to music was somewhat unconventional – just two months after Edwin and Abbey joined creative forces, Edwin fell critically ill and Abbey lost everything she owned to thieves. But despite these adversities, the pair decided to give their music all they had, and throw themselves into their collaborative project, Yugen.
Last week, their efforts paid off as they dropped a very promising first single, “Calgary”. So Vinyl Garden chatted to Edwin and Abbey about their music and what it means to them.
E: Describe your musical style in five words.
Yugen: Insomnia meets diaristic, synth-centric sleeping-pill.
E: What inspired you to write “Calgary”?
Yugen: Girl meets girl. Girl moves to Calgary. Girl gets sad about it and writes song to make her come back.
E: If you could tour with any band/artist in Australia, who would it be and why?
Yugen: Rowland S. Howard for two reasons:
- Because it would mean he’d still be gracing the Earth with his post-punk brilliance.
- We feel we could learn from his artistic attitude toward music and performing. He’s just a downright babe.
E: What’s your favourite thing about the Melbourne music scene right now?
Yugen: The sense of community between a lot of artists and bands we’ve met lately has been really endearing. Everyone is keen to go along to one another’s shows, stand front and centre, and pay a big, encouraging grin.
E: What’s your favourite album for a rainy day?
Yugen: Aaliyah‘s self-titled album, Aaliyah (2001).
“Calgary” will float around in your head like a dream – I love its simple, yearning lyrics. Worth a good listen:
Looking forward to hearing more from this intriguing duo in their upcoming EP, Comatose in Altona.
By Erin Rooney