Premiere: J.P. Shilo teases his new album with second song, Kid King Kong
The Melbourne musician will share his second album, Invisible You, on October 11th.
Header image by L.J. Spruyt Photography.
J.P. Shilo isn't a new name to Australian music. Since the late-90s, the Melbourne-based musician has proved a cult figure of the Australian rock world, whether it be through Hungry Ghosts; his work with some of Australia's finest acts including Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Adalita, The Triffids and The Blackeyed Susans; or his solo project, which since his 2006 album As Happy As Sad Is Blue, has explored this rich, instrument-thick indie-rock sound that proves as raw and authentic as it does slick and ready-to-charge.
It's been a while since that debut album introduced Shilo as a solo musician, but in September (13 years later), he followed it up with something new: Voodoo Talking, the first taste of whatever's next from the seasoned, Australian musical heavyweight. As it turns out, what's next is an album called Invisible You, a dizzying nine-track re-introduction to the artist and how he works all this time later, stepping out of the shadows to present something sure to be adored by old fans and newcomers alike; the perfect introduction to an artist who otherwise, probably doesn't need one.
"It really started out as a dare," he says on the album. "I had no intentions of becoming a singer/songwriter, but something in the process of writing these songs for Invisible You, became really enjoyable, and fresh, and uncomfortable, but inspiring all in one." Lucky he did follow that path, because the album's second taste - Kid King Kong - is a moment of power, with dark guitar rhythms and hazy, hoarse vocals coming together as he shifts between sounds and keeps everyone on their toes, proving that he's an artist capable of moving between sounds and tones at the drop of a hat.
The single also comes with J.P. Shilo's first video clip from this record, a nostalgia-ridden nod to the single's title as warped footage of classic King Kong scenes and grey-scaled visuals form the perfect accompaniment to Shilo's raw returning sound, created by L.J. Spruyt Photography. Check it out below, pre-order the record HERE, and catch him at Melbourne's The Spotted Mallard on October 10th launching the record - more information HERE.
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