May 2011

Out this week: Sierra Fin

Sierra Fin are ecstatic to announce the release of their debut album, Cautionary Tale of the Beautiful Blackout. Now up on iTunes: iTunes

It was 2009 when Sierra Fin started work on what would become Cautionary Tale of the Beautiful Blackout. Each member being a self-confessed lover of albums as albums, as opposed to just a collection of songs, they set out to do just that, create an album intended be played as a complete work.

In an unprecedented and audacious move by an independent Australian artist on debut, Sierra Fin enlisted a full symphony orchestra as accompaniment for the album's entirety.

Proudly dubbed the Sierra Fin Symphony Orchestra, they complement the band adding layers of texture whilst allowing the band itself to drive the album. The Orchestra provides both the tension and beauty that a story such as this requires.

To help achieve the mammoth task, the band recruited ARIA award winning producer Paul McKercher, whose championing of the project led to the band believing it was possible. This was further aided when renowned Australian conductor Guy Noble heartily agreed to conduct, and later helped handpick the orchestra from some of Australia’s finest musicians.

And so, with over six months of preparation, four of which singer-songwriter Russ Tainton spent orchestrating the album, Cautionary Tale of the Beautiful Blackout was recorded in a mere five days, with a further eight days to mix the vast quantity of instruments.

Tour Dates are:
Thursday 12th May at Notes, Sydney
Thursday 26th May at Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
Friday 27th May at The Old Museum, Brisbane

At their album launches expect to see the album performed from start to finish with members of the Sierra Fin Symphony Orchestra. Read More

WARMER: Spider and Lamb (hac149)
Sydney’s Warmer released their third album, Spider and Lamb on 8th April through Half A Cow. The group shares players with other HAC artists Dog Trumpet and Bernie Hayes. Their debut, A Prayer For Soft Honey (2002) was a reflective acoustic rock affair, while follow up The Cat’s Miaow (2005) jammed out with country, rock and lo-fi threads. Spider and Lamb draws on all of these influences for a concise selection of psychedelic pop. Upon hearing it, HAC’s Nic Dalton declared: “It’s your Sgt Peppers!”

KID CORNERED: Whale Watch (hac148)
He’s your great Australian novelist, slumming it in the streets of Sydney’s inner west. Off-kilter guitars and laconic vocals peppered with trumpet hooks and unconventional arrangements make this Kid Cornered’s best album so far. Sonically, it tips its hat to 90s guitar bands Pavement, Sebadoh and Yo La Tengo. His noir-ish Australiana is more realised and rounded on this third album, which ploughs its own patch alongside the bands he shreds in on the side – the Woods Themselves, el Mopa, and Browning. Released 15th April.
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