When I was younger I was lucky enough to go to Australia twice as we lived in Tokyo. However, I don’t remember much apart from Fraser Island and spending Christmas in the sun and heat for the first time.
Fast forward to this year and Australia to me now means a lot more about music than Christmas in the sun. Over the last few months from hearing Hiatus Kaiyote, I have begun to discover more of the great sounds Australia’s music scene has to offer.
That’s not to say I’ve forgotten about some of the great and interesting music already coming from Australian artists, such as Architecture In Helsinki, Dro Carey (Tuff Sherm), and Ta-Ku. But with Hiatus Kaiyote’s success so far, they seem to have brought with them a new focus on Melbourne, their hometown, and this new jazz/soul thing that seems to be taking off.
One artist from Melbourne that has taken my ears into slight heaven is Kirkis. His album Purplefruit For Xray Vision was released last March so it’s a little old, but more people definitely need to hear it. It’s a pretty cool jazz funk collection of songs. I wish I could make music that sounds as good as this. Check out Kirkis’ Bandcamp . Favourites are sanwazee, bumpsweat and juandan . Since then he posted The Soft Machine (featuring Loreli) a few months ago on SoundCloud, which in my mind has some Robert Glasper Experiment vibe going on in the first part of the song.
The only sad part in all this is that despite the great music they’re putting out we might have to wait a while in the UK to seem them live. I know HC have just raised enough money to get them to SXSW & some more of the US but it seems like it might be a while yet before they, Kirkis and others make it to sunny old England. Now I wish I still lived in Tokyo and could hop on down to Australia’s music scene (and have another hot Christmas).