Friday, 8 August 2008

New Melbourne Discoveries

Having not blogged for a while i thought i might do a quick wrap of some of the newer Melbourne artists starting to catch my attention.

First up is a guy called Grizzly Jim Lawrie who weaves catchy, melodic folk tunes around his slightly muppety, or some say Neil Young-esque voice. Its your fairly standard m-town 'man-with-guitar' stuff, but still makes for compelling listening. His standout tune Wish I Was There can be downloaded from his myspace page. Jim's been doing Wednesday nights at the newly refitted Birmingham Hotel in Collingwood and can be seen drumming for The Hondas and Flats and the Friendly Few. Grizzly Jim Lawrie plays the Empress on August 16th and the Tote on August 19th.

photo by James Greer.

Also on the folkie tip is Major Chord (above), the new project for Dan Flynn and Kate Connor. In spite of their uninspiring name, the tunes are well crafted modern folk pop, at times recalling Iron and Wine, Machine Translations or Nick Drake: Dan's gentle, confident balladeer's voice croons lovingly over his warm acoustic guitar and Biddy's violin and harmonies add a slight alt-country edge to the affair. The self titled debut album is out in stores and their tunes can be heard and downloaded at the Major Chord myspace page.

Major Chord plays Bar Open on August 14th with International Karate.

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