Premiere: Sunbeam Sound Machine announce new album, shares Talking Distance
The Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer will release his second album, Goodness Gracious, on May 3rd.
Header photo by Sophie Treloar.
If you're yet to be acquainted, Sunbeam Sound Machine is the musical project of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Nick Sowersby, who ever since capturing attention with his One/Sunbeam Sound Machine double-EP back in 2013, has done nothing but grow into an Australian cult favourite. It's not hard to understand why; his debut LP Wonderer is essentially a masterclass at his refined yet hazy psych-indie-esque sound, which combines strumming guitar melodies that range from fierce and powerful to stripped-back and subtle with his washed-out, comforting vocal - it's easily accessible and falls right in line with basically everything going on right now, giving something you'd be a fan of if you look up to names including POND and The Babe Rainbow.
Today marks the arrival of Sowersby's next chapter, announcing his second album Goodness Gracious with an acoustic-leaning lead single Talking Distance, which continues to showcase the DIY-shaded, yet still polished sound that the Melbourne act has come to champion with his past releases. It's hypnotic and soothing, uniting this swirling guitar melody with his soft vocal that sways over the top, picking up and letting off where it needs to in order to create a single that even after four minutes, feels like it's only just begun. The full album, out May 3rd through Dot Dash/Remote Control Records, looks to offer something a little more expansive in-line with its first tease, with Sowersby saying he "began working on this album in an exploratory way, recording for recording’s sake until an album began to naturally take form. Along the way, I found some sounds that it feels like I’ve been hearing in my head for years. The result is 11 songs that document a period of change, about what we look to for guidance, comfort and stability in uncertain times"
Watch the single's official, Clancy Walker-directed video clip below, and stay tuned for the full release of Goodness Gracious in a couple of months time.
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