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To coincide with the release of his new album, Kim Churchill is pleased to announced the Weight_Falls Australian Album Tour which will see him hit various cities in across Australia throughout September/October this year.
Those familiar with Churchill’s radio smash Window to The Sky, which reached number 42 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. His newest single Second Hand Car is immediately identifiable as Churchill’s with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus. What sets Weight_Falls apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty.
Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring Silence/Win around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka. He spent 18 months working on the follow-up to his breakout LP, 2014’s Silence/Win, but the new record – polished and accessible – didn’t quite feel right. At the last minute, Churchill decided to throw it out and start again.
“I worked really hard on the follow-up record for a long time,” he explains – “and it sounded good. But some very subtle layer of my consciousness was saying to me, ‘It’s not all that inspiring.’”
So Churchill picked up his guitar. He wrote a second version of the album in one frenetic week, then spent two months piecing together the new recordings with ARIA-winning producer Ian Pritchett in a garage in Western Sydney. The resulting LP, Weight_Falls, is a kaleidoscopic collection that is bound to take both fans and critics by surprise.
Supported by Taj Ralph
At 16 years of age you won’t catch Taj sharking out the front of Dan Murphy’s. You'll find him either on the streets busking, rehearsing in his drummer’s basement or writing and recording new songs. It was out busking that Taj was first discovered by Solo from Horrorshow. Impressed with his voice and musical sensibility, he and Adit invited Taj to feature as a vocalist on their single Push, which was release late last year.
Since then, Taj has released three tracks of his own independently through Triple J Unearthed, being a selected as a finalist for Unearthed High. These tunes have earned him comparisons to the likes of The Internet due to “…his laid back but highly contemporary RnB Sound” (Purple Sneakers) and his fusion of “jazzy guitar hooks… hip hop beats and breezy vocals” (The Most Radicalist).
Taj has played shows at The Record Crate in Glebe, and played alongside Mansionair, Kita Alexander and Tyne-James Organ, as well as upcoming support slots with Amy Shark and Kim Churchill.
Also supported by Liam Wright
THE STREET PRESENTS
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HARBOUR AGENCY
WEIGHT_FALLS AUSTRALIAN ALBUM TOUR
SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER, 7:30PM
LIAM WRIGHT 7:30PM
TAJ RALPH 8:20PM
KIM CHURCHILL 9:20PM
ON THE DOOR $40
STREET 1 | RESERVED | 150 MINUTES INCLUDING INTERVAL