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Half A Cow Records presents Before we finally meet, the new album from Agnes Kain: singers, songwriters and musicians Chanelle Afford and Stefan Simunic from Sydney, Australia. This is their third album, following 2009’s Across the ocean grey and their debut Keep walking or I’ll kill you (2007).
Before we finally meet marks a progressive shift in sound for the indie pop folk duo as they make some noise with electric guitars and new live band – Lee Carey on drums and Simeon Johnson on cello. The album also features bass by Nic Dalton, trumpet and guitar looping by Jochen Gutsch (Hinterlandt), violin by Eleanor Grey and vocals by Evan James Purdey.
Recorded and produced by Agnes Kain in their lounge room, kitchen and laundry, this album is about mysterious disappearances, housekeeping, Reykjavik, birds crying in branches, murky water, a threatening moonlight and longing to be the light in your eyes. It was mixed by Sean Carey at Trackdown Studios in Camperdown, Sydney, and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301 in Alexandria, Sydney.
Agnes Kain 2011 China Tour
Agnes Kain is not a woman, but the female-male duo of Chanelle Afford and Stefan Simunic. The multi-instrumentalists from Sydney, Australia, offer modest indie pop tunes with a folky bent on their 2007 debut album, Keep Walking or I’ll Kill You. Recorded in their spare room, it features Afford’s slightly quavering, high vocals, with frequent use of melodica, piano, and glockenspiel differentiating it from the standard indie guitar rock base.
4th 20:00 Bo House Beijing 768 Creative Design Park ,No.5, Xueyuan Road,Haidian District.
5th 20:30 Kento’s Shanghai Floor 3 No.20 Building in the New factories,No.18, Yuyao Road ,Jing’an District
6th 20:00 61 House Nanjing No.61, Hankouxi road,Gulou District
8th 19:30 Little Bar Chengdu No.5 in No.47, Yongfeng Road,Wuhou District
9th 20:00 Nuts Chongqing Floor 1 Technology Park ,Shazhong Road,Shapingba District
11th 20:30 Vox Wuhan No.118,Lumo Road,Hongshan District
12th 20:00 Iron Age Space Guangzhou Floor 2,T8 Building ,Dongyi Road,City of University,Fanyu District
13th 20:00 Hongtangguan Shenzhen G6,Huangguan Park,Tairanjiu Road,Futian District
15th 20:00 Dreamer House Xiamen No.332 Cengcuo’an,Huandao Road,Siming District
16th 20:00 Hxrock live house Fuzhou Floor 2,Building Eastern Entertainment,Student Jie,Cangshan District
18th 20:00 Bund Brige Ningbo No.142,Zhongma Road,Jiangbei District
19th 20:00 Metoo Coffee Hangzhou No.166,Jinhua Road,Gongshu District
20th 20:00 Mofun Loft Suzhou Rong Creative Park,No 26,Baitadong Road, Pingjiang District
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a message from Agnes Kain, September 2009:
It has been an eventful two years since the release of our debut album, Keep walking or I'll kill you, and 525 days since we've been home. We are in London and about to release our second album Across the ocean grey. Penned on buses, trains and during airport sleepovers around the world. Recorded by us in our humble London flat and in spare spaces about the town. Mixed and mastered in Glasgow at Ca Va Sound by the lovely Brian McNeill.
Songs from the album were inspired by a great adventure. We have been exploring, hunting, gathering, listening and remembering. We climbed to the top of a mountain, we took a forty-hour bus ride, we saw a spider bigger than our hands, we walked through a scared valley, we were sick, we saw dead bodies and dead dogs, we visited a city of god, we drank Havana Club in Havana, we danced with locals, we wore their clothes, we went to great heights, were dizzy, we swept through the dessert, we saw flamingos, we rode a train with gypsies, we played in the snow...and fell in and out of love. Across the ocean grey RELEASED OCTOBER 17th 2009
Keep walking or I'll kill you (hac131)
Indie folk pop duo Agnes Kain (Chanelle Afford and Stefan Simunic) have been creating and playing music together for the past couple of years. Having grown up on the same street in a small town on the outskirts of Sydney, there is an intimacy and comfort to their music that comes from the closeness of being long time friends. A feeling that is projected to the listener, both on their recordings and at their live shows.
Their debut album Keep walking or I’ll kill you, which despite the wicked title, was born of love. Amidst the piano, mandolin and guitar lies unassuming, heartfelt and honest tales of loves lost and found, places almost forgotten, and the peculiarities of life. Throughout there is a deepness and substance that may be missed on first listen, and although the album contains many a cheerful moment, concealed within the upbeat and playful melodies of songs such as 'All Time High' and 'Puddles and Mud' are tales of a more serious and somber nature. Whilst others like, 'My brother told me' and the title track, 'Keep walking or I’ll kill you' are penned from a still and thoughtful place of innocence and bruises.
The album was recorded by the duo in the spare room of their humble abode during early 2007. It was a challenge. There was heavy rain, extreme heat, they live on a flight path and their housemate vacuums incessantly. But it turned out exactly how it was intended, with simple compositions and arrangements weaving perfectly imperfect little embroideries. Both self-taught musicians, Stefan and Chanelle played most of the instruments on the album, including guitar, piano, mandolin, bass, melodica, glockenspiel, and percussion. Their friends, Ben Ellingworth (drums) and Anne Samuels (viola) also lent their talents on several songs.
There is a darkness which underlies the infectious and cleverly constructed songs of Keep walking or I’ll kill you, but also a feeling of sharing tea with old friends. Listening to the album it is easy to fall in love with its whimsical charm and warmth. RELEASED AUGUST 11th 2007
Keep walking or I'll kill you was launched at the following venues:
Melbourne - Friday August 10th at Gertrudes, Fitzroy
Canberra - Wednesday August 22nd at the Phoenix Bar, Civic
Sydney - Saturday August 25th Excelsior, Surry Hills