Track 11, Neighbours on ice is definitely the darkest moment on the new album. This track was written as a response to some fairly erratic and insomniac moments from next door. The beat is deliberately off-kilter and guitar noise bursting at the seams… on the edge of losing it.
Artist Trudy Moore creates 3-dimensional drawings of objects that echo an almost impulsive response within people. T
Trudy writes of her work: In response to the gritty, uneasy texture of Neighbours on ice I have used paper and charcoal to take a three-dimensional rubbing of milk crates – an object commonly associated with laneways and other unnoticed spaces of the urban landscape.
Through this work I am considering how the fragile, temporary representation of these objects might translate as a metaphor for an edgy, alternate state of mind.
Listen to Neighbours on ice:
Well, back to blogging about the gallery exhibiton! nearly there… just 4 more works to write about!
Track 10 is called Five times, and I have to admit that i have had a long-term obsession with the first Unkle project album, and love all that awesome drum programming by DJ Shadow… so this track’s inspiration was to create something that was really beat driven, whilst still retaining the Winterpark ‘atmos’ thing.
Architect, Haslett Grounds created a wonderful sculptural work for the exhibition to go along with the track… I think the pictures (taken by Penny Lane) capture it fairly well!
Haslett writes of his work: “Shifting scale can shift perspective. The work invites you to inhabit a space both smaller and larger than the place in which it resides. The song reminded me experiencing things vast and wonderful beyond the realm of the man made. Of escapes made all the more special when shared.”
Listen to Five times here:
Track 9, Hey Love will be the second single from the new album “Sunday Morning”. Susannah Legge (ex-The Hampdens) contributes her wonderful vocals to the track.
Long term Winterpark collaborator, film-maker Jarrah Gurrie, who had used a number of Winterpark songs in his films… most notably “Wall Kids” in his short film “Centre of the universe”. Jarrah also made the video clip for Winterpark for Wall kids when we were in NYC a couple of years back. Check it out here.
For the exhibition, Jarrah created a video response to the track called “To let you down”, it references Hey Love not via the soundtrack, but through visual imagery. Jarrah’s writes of his work; “Time stands still in the moment the heart snaps.”
to let you down
from Jarrah Gurrie
listen to Hey love:
The title track “Sunday Morning” is an ode to the joys of lying in bed, coffee and breakfasts, walking in the park and love.
Who better to share the love than the amazing and wonderful Jessica Racklyeft. Jess has a knack of creating works of wonder and whimsy, that capture essence and emotion in a moment. Her artist response to Sunday Morning is a quasi-religious painting that embodies all these things.
Jess says of her work: “This pretty track got me thinking about the Sunday spirit – for me, ultimately lying in bed with the sun and no plans… time/quiet/peace. I wanted to represent elements of religious iconography, since perhaps church on a Sunday is where some people found their moment of reflection from the rest of the busy week… Like the track says, Sundays make you remember that everything’s all right.”
Listen to Sunday Morning here:
and read more on Jess’ Blog here.
The press blurb…
Following on from the successful single launch and coinciding art exhibition Winterpark is warming up for the official “Sunday Morning” album launch this spring. The show is a one off performance at the Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood on Friday 16th September to celebrate the release of his third album.
Winterpark is the collaborative studio project for Melbourne’s Matt Ridgway, born out of the ashes of his indie-punk rock dreams. “Sunday Morning” is the long awaited third offering from the Melbourne artist which boasts a collection of atmospheric and heartfelt tracks, as well as a handful of catchy upbeat tunes that effortlessly echo the ebbs and flow of Matt’s musical career.
Last month saw Winterpark perform at the opening of the “Sunday Morning” art exhibition, held at the Dear Patti Smith galley in Fitzroy, to launch the first single Night Beetle. The exhibition displayed a collection of works by 14 different local and international artists, who each gave their creative interpretation to a track from the album, with artworks varying from photographs and light installations, to paintings and new media.
The Grace Darling launch will be the first full live performance in over a year, where Winterpark will treat Melbourne fans to a one off gig that showcases the songs from the new album as well as throwing in a few old favourites.
Matt will be performing alongside Susannah Legge (formerly of the Hampdens) who has leant her vocals to a number of tracks on the album, and Dan West (Diafrix/Velure). The wonderful Eugenia Lim will also be providing visuals for the performance.
Fellow Melbournite Ross McLennan and Popolice will be joining in the celebration, supporting Winterpark perfoming new material.
Friday nights forever is one of my favorite tracks off the new album… it all came together with a sort of great synchronicity with some strange guitar loops I made for a different project fitting somewhat seamlessly into a rhythmic part i’d created on NI’s Maschine.
Melbourne songwriter Ross McLennan made an audio-visual video response to the track for the Exhibition. It was presented as a looping video, but the youtube clip is not looping… so you’ll have to imagine the clip looping. He has used part of the song’s outro and matched it with video of his son playing with a sparkler. It is quite mesmerizing.
Ross says of the process: “I initially wanted to make something that highlighted the place where Matt and I connect; where sounds feel like brain chemistry rather than music created by players. So, I took the more abstract section of the track, and then abstracted it further.
After a conversation with Matt about what the track meant to him, I went looking through my home movies. i found some footage of my son from a few years back. Something about the sparkler seems to marry well to the “brain chemistry feel” of the sound. Like a humble little life. The lifespan of a miniature star.”
Please visit Ross’ facebook page and listen to his amazing music.
Listen to the album version of Friday nights forever:
and also check out the 333 remix:
Track 6 off Sunday Morning is a swirling indie-rock shoe-gazer called Teenage kicks.
Jessica Rizzi, superstar DJ, photographer and all round nice girl, took a step sideways from her usual arts practice of photography to create a stop motion video work for the exhibition.
Jess says of the process: “The title of this track coupled with it’s upbeat feel created within me a nostalgic sense of days gone by, days filled with spontaneous encounters and reckless moments. There was always movement in this vision, so I decided to step away from my usual medium of still photography and explore the idea of stop motion animation. This avenue allowed me to create the movement I envisioned as well as incorporating an element of photography by photo collages as my backdrop.”
Track 5 off Sunday Morning is a short little ambient soundscape called Hiccups, which features guitar loops, bells and Susannah’s vocals.
Kate Stokes created an amazing response to the work called “Filament”. Her installation/light work is made from Bricklayers nylon and wire.
Kate says: “This track has a nostalgia that conjured up images of a lonely fisherman at sea. These structures have a delicate woven framework, reminiscent of fishing nets and cray pots.”
See more of Kate’s work at her CocoFlip website here
listen to Hiccups on soundcloud
“Centre of the universe” is Track 4 on the Sunday Morning album. It is an instrumental that is somewhat inspired by the sounds of Nick Drake, and is musically quite delicate. Listen out for the extraneous noises recorded through the guitar microphone!
Jordy Hewitt, ex-WP singer is also a rather amazing artist… she contributed a large scale painting to the exhibition called “The Keeper”.
Jordy says if the process of creating the work to the track: “For me Centre of the Universe is about polarity… and the complex behind the simple. The song has an understated driving lucidity that is covered over by a twinkling ethereal veil. Behind this tiny offering, a universe spirit, a man and his/story. But this kind of calm sorrowfulness born of pain and beauty of experience is meandering towards an uncertain optimism because always at the core, is wisdom and intelligence. It and you are The Keeper.”
Listen to Centre of the universe:
visit Jordy Hewitt’s website -> www.jordyhewitt.com
Track 3 on the album is Wunderkind… a somewhat quirky little sound experiment with looped vocals, piano and guitar.
For the exhibition, video artist Eugenia Lim combined the track with her work ‘Flowers’.
Eugenia says of her work: “Flowers was inspired by my mum’s annual ritual of capturing peonies in bloom. I was interested in creating a portrait (of both my mum and myself) without featuring faces of figures and marking the passage of time through the photographs from various eras and albums.”
Wunderkind on Soundcloud
and learn more about Eugenia’s work at her website