Returning to The Toff In Town for the second time this month, Communion Melbourne brings you a mix of acoustic and electronic sounds to ease you out of the weekend!
Joining us on Sunday, 21st April 2013, will be Brisbane songstress Thelma Plum, future-pop duo DEJA and Sydney lad Jack Carty. Rounding out the evening is Melbourne’s own Ali Barter and Stu Larsen fresh from supporting Passenger around the country, teaming up with harmonica genius Natsuki Kurai.
Come down to the Toff this Sunday for a very special night of music!
ROSIE is the forthcoming debut EP from an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Brisbane who has cast a spell on all in her path since her first demo, FATHER SAID, won Triple J’s Unearthed competition in July 2012.
Led off by the sunny burst of self-assertion AROUND HERE, the six songs reward months of anticipation in the musically muted, lyrically forthright style that’s made Thelma Plum such a compelling new voice.
In November, her cult went global when FATHER SAID was celebrated on the UK-based Record of the Day blogsite. In December, Shane Howard invited her to join his 30th anniversary celebration of “Solid Rock” at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre. In January, she drew her largest audience so far at the Woodford Folk Festival, and sealed months of relentless record label attention by signing to Warner Music’s Footstomp imprint.
DEJA are haxx and Rromarin, future-pop duo based in Melbourne, Australia. A project born over three years ago and raised in a series of home studios, DEJA is the fusion of digital and organic, a musical brainchild forged from progressive production and diverse sounds.
Over the course of 2011-12 the pair brought their music to the radio and live stage, gaining attention from audiences across the country and around the globe. Weaving their unique brand of home spun beats and synths, washed with layers of boy-girl vocals, the pair explore all realms of their sonic world. With vivid sounds ranging from lush, dark psychedelia to frenetic dance to crystalline pop, DEJA’s music sits on the fringe and takes listeners on an eclectic and ever evolving journey.
‘Still Falling’ is the band’s first release of 2013 and the next taste of what these young producers have to offer from their forthcoming EP.
Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai
Stu Larsen (AUS) first met Natsuki Kurai (JAPAN) by chance in a little venue in Tokyo two and a half years ago. This was the start of a special friendship, which has seen them play shows across Australia and Japan together.
April will see the duo meet up again for a nationwide tour to release an acoustic EP recorded with Mark Myers in Cairns, Australia.
Stu Larsen is a singer/songwriter from Bowenville, Queensland who has been travelling the world with his music for the last three years. He has spent the last two years on the road with England’s ‘Passenger’ and has just returned from his first headline tour of the UK and Europe.
Natsuki Kurai is a genius harmonica player who you have to see to believe. He lives in Yokohama and plays 25+ shows a month with a wide variety of Japanese artists.
Jack Carty failed in love, and he will tell you the truth about that, but it seems to be working for him. At just 25 years of age he has released two critically acclaimed albums and one E.P. Made “Album of the Year” lists for both 2011’s “One Thousand Origami Birds” and 2012’s “Break Your Own Heart”. Toured with the likes of Josh Pyke, Matt Corby, Katie Noonan, Husky, Ingrid Michaelson, Brett Dennen and Joshua Radin both nationally and on foreign shores, taking in festivals from Woodford, Peats Ridge, Nannup, Mullumbimby Music and Playground Weekender to Canadian Music Week along the way. And even picked up a MusicOZ award whilst having songs used in TV shows from Covert Affairs to Packed To The Rafters. A little honesty goes a long way.
The easy way attracts a lot of people. Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Ali Barter is not one of them.
In these on demand times of overhyped pop idols and dubiously talented internet sensations, Ali possesses the natural chops to have garnered attention the old fashioned way – through unabashed raw talent, passionate determination and steadfast hard work.
Ali’s clear, ringing tone has a habit of elevating every note she sings, evoking comparisons to a long list of incomparable artists; Cline, Cat Power, Aimee Mann, Laura Marling and Feist. In 2012, Trip caught the attention of national radio station Triple J and earned Ali significant airplay, and a hometown slot in the 2013 Laneway Festival.