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The Chronicle Tuesday, August 4, 2015
in Downer house
James Teague will play his new single, Heaven, in Canberra on Sunday.
James Teague s unpredictable
melodies, soaring high-range vocals
and whimsical lyrics transport
listeners into an ethereal world he
The Perth-born poet and singer-
songwriter s new single, Heaven,ishis
first release in two years.
On Sunday he will give Canberra a
taste of his sophomore album Beyond
the Melting Dawn, due out in
November, at an intimate house
concert in Downer.
The host is Canberra Musician Club
president Nigel McRae.
The 26-year-old Teague says he is
thrilled to be on the road touring again
after dedicating the best part of two
years to his latest album.
"The album is full of instruments
and is quite grandiose but I am looking
forward [to] showcasing it all first
completely bare on this acoustic tour,
Then I ll be able to offer the album
as a separate entity."
His move to Melbourne from Perth
in 2013 marked the start of new
chapter for Teague.
He dove into fleshing out his
acoustic songs and collaborating with
acclaimed producer and multi-
instrumentalist Tony Dupe at his home
studio, The Abandoned Fireworks
Nestled in a re-purposed parish hall
in Korumburra a few hours out of
Melbourne, Teague said he forged a
record that reflected how he had grown
as an artist.
"I have developed my sound by
playing a whole bunch," he said.
"I didn t write it as a concept album
on anything but Beyond the Melting
Dawn is much more mature and
The songs fit together."
Compared with debut album
Lavender Prayers, he was able to
carve out more time to be playful and
set a more enjoyable creative pace.
"There s more spontaneity and there
are some surprises on this album
whereas with Lavender Prayers it was
all planned and felt more like a
collection of songs," Teague said.
"There is a lot more of me in there
as I am not working with the set band
I was with the first one."
Teague will be joined by Melbourne
artist Danika Smith during his August
east coast tour.
Catch both Melbourne-based
artists from 5pm at 64 Burn St,
Downer. Tickets $10 and $7 for
CMC members at trybooking.com/
ALBUM: MY LOVE IS COOL/ARTIST: WOLF ALICE
Anointed 'next big thing' masters of light and shade
A fickle English press is never going to
pass up the opportunity to announce
their "next big thing". Sometimes
they re right -- see Arctic Monkeys --
but other times they ve got it so wrong:
whatever happened to The Bravery?
Wolf Alice is the latest to receive
such accolades, including the "best
debut album of the decade". My Love
is Cool, is spirited, fierce in places and
totally unrefined rock n roll, but also
oddly sophisticated. They borrow
unabashedly from the past three
decades of guitar music, and there are
moments you can hear Nirvana,
Metallica and even Foals in the mix.
Wolf Alice move from deadpan to
nasty rock in a nanosecond, and can
build intensity from low-key into
something resembling heavy metal.
Ellie Roswell s voice can also hit
screaming territory very effectively,
such as on You're a Germ, which
contains a lethal chorus.
It s the contrasts, the light and shade
that exemplifies how talented this band
is, building from almost a wistful
nonchalance to cold-hearted realities.
But it isn t a perfect album! Some
songs are pedestrian and we ll need to
see if they can fulfil "their next big
thing" status. Sure, Wolf Alice has
potential to burn, but My Love is Cool
is solid without being great.
one night out
David Pereira, one of Australia s finest
cellists, will perform alongside pianist
Edward Neeman at the Ainslie Arts
Centre in Braddon on Sunday.
The musical duo will present A
Hungarian Stopover, which will
feature prominent Hungarian
composers Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok,
Zoltan Kodaly and Prague-born David
Pereira was a senior lecturer at the
ANU School of Music for 25 years.
He is a former principal cellist with
the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and
Australian Chamber Orchestra.
He also spent 11 years as a cellist
with the Australia Ensemble.
Pereira is accomplished in all cello
fields including concerto, recital and
The performance will be one of the
first to take place at the recently
renovated Ainslie Arts Centre.
The pair will begin their
performance from 2pm on Sunday.
For more information about the
event, visit agac.com.au.
A LIGHT ON THOSE WHO
SERVED ON HOMEFRONT
The hidden stories of war come to light
in, The Soldier's Wife showing on
Thursday at the Street Theatre.
Launched in 2014, this compelling
production was created after a group
of female Queensland songwriters
spent time with the widows and wives
of Australian servicemen. Stories from
those whose partners served their
country in conflicts from WWII to the
present day have been woven together
to create a unique Australian wartime
record -- one that is now being shared
across the world through live
productions and recordings.
The Soldier's Wife plays August 6
from 7.30pm. Tickets: $25
(concession $20), available at
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