Introducing Melbourne producer Spectoral, and his lush new EP, An Incorruptible Dream
An exciting six-tracker from the emerging talent.
An Incorruptible Dream is the new EP from Melbourne-based producer Spectoral, a meticulous blend of R&B, pop and electronica, one that's taken the artist some time to complete in the search for perfection: "The name An Incorruptible Dream is a line from The Great Gatsby actually. It's this idea of always trying to reach for the unattainable, whether it's a person, or a state of mind, or a level of perfection or success. Unfortunately for Gatsby it blinded him and led to his downfall. The EP explores this theme that is definitely in my life in different ways. I planned this EP back in January, but actually a couple of the songs here I've been sitting on for literally years."
Fortunately he stuck with it, because the six-track release is an accomplished one, that that hints at an artist destined for some big stages. Working alongside Tim Watt and Tim McArtney of Hercules Studio in Sydney (Flume, Touch Sensitive, George Maple), you can definitely feel the polish that comes from working with such esteemed producers. Ultimately though, it's a case of an exciting talent, honing his craft for a while now to produce a pretty damn special EP. We hit him up to find out a little more - check it out while you tuck into An Incorruptible Dream, below:
Tell us about yourself?
Hi fam, I'm a producer and singer/songwriter, a total new music addict and a lover of great Melbourne coffee.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
Spectoral blends textured hip hop, indie R&B and soulful indie electronic. I call it future soul.
I've got a giant backlog of song ideas stretching back years, touching on all sorts of moments and experiences. They all begin their life as toplines or sung lyrical hooks that I literally hum or sing straight into my phone. When the time comes I'll then build textured beats around these early ideas and mark out a song structure that tells a story. Nutting out the missing lyrics comes after most of the instrumental production is complete. I always know what I want to say, but finding the perfect way to say it takes time.
Can you tell us about your new EP, An Incorruptible Dream?
This project was an enjoyable year of learning curves, late nights and catharsis. It's a peek into who I am. Whether it thrills or unsettles you, it's had its desired impact. The cover shot was taken by acclaimed photographer Renee Stamatis through the falling water of the National Gallery of Victoria's iconic water wall. These unsettling smears warping the expression on my face... I guess it perfectly represents the mood and sound palette of the EP, and the irony behind the theme of an incorruptible dream corrupting its very dreamer.
Any shows coming up?
I'm planning something for November/December - keep an eye on the Spectoral Spotify profile or socials and it'll be announced there soon!
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
We're going to see how this EP does, I've been humbled by the love it's already received — particularly from you guys, I freakin' love Pilerats! My last live shows were in June/July so besides planning a follow up run for the summer, I'm already deep into writing my follow-up project. It's a collaborative EP with a whole bunch of guests. It'll be out sometime in 2019 and I'm already super pumped about it.
Where can we hear more of your music?
You can stream "An Incorruptible Dream" on basically any platform from THIS LINK, and if you like what you hear you'll find the entire Spectoral discography on Spotify or Apple Music. I'm also on Bandcamp if you're the giving type.
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