Sunday, 8 April 2012

New To The Scene - Arundel


You've probably figured out by now that I'm one of those random people that likes something about every music genre out there. Rap, death metal, bubblegum pop, folk, country, indie, polka, Bhangra... you name it, there's an act associated with it that I'll love. Dubstep? Um... does Katy B count? There's only one area of music that tends to make me look like the ':-|' emoticon and that's anything you'd place under the 'experimental' umbrella. The standard rules of popular music fly out the window and less of a focus is placed on lyrics, so I tend to either give it a listen and go like this :-| or just shy away from it all together. Thus, I've never really wanted to write about an act like Arundel before.

Who's Arundel? Through my internet stalking powers, I was able to discover that Arundel, aka Lucas Arundell, is a multi-tasking Brisbane-based music creator who takes on songwriting, composing, arranging and producing roles associated with his music. If you were to give his music a genre name, your head would probably explode, but you can hear elements of trip-hop, alternative rock and electronica. In the stunning track, 'A Deep Freeze,' the guest vocal performances from Simon Crossley and Kate Jacobsen show that Arundel also has a good grasp of pop sensibilities as well. It's a bit Gotye, a bit Royksopp and 100% delicious. 'December, Autumn, Winter' features guest vocals from the Inland Sea's Claire Whiting and has received comparisons to Massive Attack's 'Teardrop.' Fair enough, but I be hearing more of a Portishead inspired vibe. Maybe it's just Whiting's beautiful vocals being more reminiscent of Beth Gibbons' awesomeness. To each his own comparative trip-hop reasoning.

There's a range of instrumentals in Arundel's repertoire (my favourite is 'Flourish') and there's even a fun cover of Edwyn Collins' 'A Girl Like You.' His interpretation is everything a cover should be; completely different from the original and placing the covering artist's own unique touch on the song. Remixes are also a speciality and his reworking of Emma-Louise's 'Jungle' is impressive. Anyway, I could spend all day describing each of his songs, but I really think you should make up your own mind and see if you love what you hear. If you head over to the Arundel bandcamp page, you can download his digital 'Olive Caves' EP. There's even one of those In Rainbows-like deals where you can choose to pay nothing for it or donate $7. $7... not much to pay when supporting an exciting local act, right? Right. Now, go on... go get that EP and give it a little listen. Even if you're a bit :-| when it comes to the more experimental music out there, you might just love Arundel's music. I did and I'm like   :-| all the time. All. The. Time.

Find out more about Arundel:


No comments:

Post a Comment

Love it or hate it? Agree or disagree? Let me know what you think!