Melbourne (Australia’s) Fraser A. Gorman has announced details of his debut album titled ‘Slow Gum’.
He will play UK dates this May (including at Brighton’s The Great Escape) – details below.
The Australian will release the LP on 29th June via Milk Records/House Anxiety/Marathon Artists.
‘Slow Gum’ will feature the singles ‘Book Of Love’ and ‘Broken Hands’ as well as ten other tracks.
We had an early listen to the singles:
‘Broken Hands’ has those lamenting slide guitars and the gritty gravitas [together with a distinctive tone of vocal inflection] reminding us why Fraser has been described by many as the new Dylan.
Against the chopped out chords, this song bursts into something beautiful — especially when we discover that the young man feels oppressed by critic(s) because “Country music sounds to [him] like rock ‘n’ roll…”
When the organ whines in and the lead guitar sequins some new light onto the background … And the backing chorus chimes magnificently… Well, then — this becomes a really wonderful event.
Probably, we would have enjoyed ‘Book Of Love’ more if it were not so reminiscent of Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
It’s stripped back in the same way, with great big flexible bass and hairy twigs of percussion. And that nodding pace.
Apparently, it’s supposed to be this way because it’s a “reinvisioning” of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Lets Get It On‘ so maybe both numbers owe a nod of gratitude to the Prince of Soul.
Also the vocal is far higher (less nasally) on this song than it is on ‘Broken Hands’. So comparisons with Dylan begin to evaporate.
However, all these niggles aside, this is pretty neat.
And it show-cases the vocal agility of the young artist. Let’s face it, he has more vocal range than Dylan ever had… And he reveals here that he can create sweet honeyed highs amongst the blues and the rough-housing.
Wonderfully atmospheric folk-pop. These compositions exhibit idiosyncratic quality and a rare talent for entertaining.
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©
SLOW GUM is out 29th June
UK Live Dates May 2015
7th May – The Lexington, London supporting Kid Wave & Bully
8th May – Start The Bus, Bristol with Kid Wave & Bully
9th May – Night & Day, Manchester with Kid Wave & Bully
10th May – Scola, Leicester with Kid Wave & Bully
12th May – Huw Stephens night @ The Social, London
14th May – NME Stage @ The Haunt & Sound Gallery showcase @ Komedia @ Great Escape Festival, Brighton
15th May – Sticky Mike’s, Coda Agency Showcase, Great Escape Festival, Brighton
16th May – London Calling, Amsterdam