Blueprint Furniture, 183 Laurens St. North Melbourne VIC
Part Two of the LOST EMPIRE series of shows for MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK is the quiet, introspective child of the Lost Empire family. For an evening Grand Salvo, Sweet Jean and Matt Wicking will take over a hardwood furniture showroom with adjoining workshop, turn down the lights and let the acoustics and the smells of fresh cut timber, lacquer and lathe oil convince you that music of this sort deserves a environment to match it.
Lost Empire is an experiment in pay-what-you-feel ethics. Come along, witness an event somewhere you probably don't get the opportunity to every old day. Work out at the end how much you value the experience and take into consideration what it means to be a financially sustainable musician in this city. Pay accordingly.
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Under the moniker Grand Salvo, singer/songwriter Paddy Mann has created six albums of songs that could be perhaps described as contemporary folk. Though often richly orchestrated and complex, his songs can also be sparse and mournful. Paddy is recognised as one of Australia’s finest songwriters. “…unparalleled in its evocation of nature, nostalgia, love and loss” (Mess and Noise). He recorded his most recent album, the ambitious Slay Me in My Sleep (Preservation) in Berlin with Nils Frahm. The record was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize in 2012. Grand Salvo will be playing Lost Empire in five-piece band mode.
Sweet Jean make smartly-crafted Americana-influenced Australian pop that ranges from stark and gothic, to hazy and melodic. Since forming in late 2010, Sweet Jean has built a reputation for evocative songwriting, razor-sharp harmonies, and stirring live performances. As the AU Review put it, Sweet Jean “can break your heart one minute and mend it the next. The duo has a natural ability to transport their audience to the heart of their songs.”
Sweet Jean’s debut album Dear Departure (2013) received 5/5 stars in UK's R2 Magazine, 9/10 from Americana UK; Album of the Week on ABC Radio National, ABC DIG Music (Double J), ABC Local Radio, and PBS Radio; Album of the Month in Rhythms Magazine; iTunes Single of the Week for Shiver & Shake; and a nomination for Best Country Album from The Age Music Victoria Awards.
MATT WICKING (The General Assembly)
The main fellow behind The General Assembly, Matt Wicking's poetic lyrics and unforgettable voice combine to weave vivid tales – of raging bushfires and rising muddy floods, of a civilisation disconnected from itself. This solo incarnation presents his songs in their purest form: a collage of otherworldly scenes, raw and open, grounding and inspiring in equal measure.