The closing track of Sunday Morning is Gotta sleep now. It’s an atmospheric soundscape created from a series of guitar loops, with additional vocals by Susannah Legge. Originally clocking in around 7mins, it was cut back to a rather short 2:27 so it would fit on the B-side of a (future) vinyl release. In the future I’ll put up an extended mix of it which is closer to the original… or maybe even a live recording of it… it seems to be a bit of a crowd please-er at the gigs we’ve been doing.
Media artist Lucy Benson too on the track for the art exhibition at Dear Patti Smith Gallery. She is currently based in Berlin, and makes works from live video technologies and projected images.
Lucy’s work ‘Time to sleep’ was a highlight at the exhibition, and any on-line video representation of the will not do it justice, as it will not accurately represent the impact of the dark-swirling imagery which sat in somewhat seemless harmony with the music. Photographic images below seem to represent the mood better. (Thanks to Penny Lane and Anna Gilby for the photos)
Lucy writes of the process: “The music of Winterpark invokes a particular feeling of being both utterly present in one moment yet adrift in a dizzying sense of timelessness. Time To Sleep embodies this effect perfectly and also echoes it in the story of the lyrics. The voice floats and ripples through a landscape, sounding not separate from the environment, but as if it flows through every element of it.
My process for this piece was to to make a location study, returning to the same spot day after day and letting the camera observe the natural environment until the elements of that environment transcended their moment and place. The footage is not treated in any way; the abstraction is the result of the conditions of tide, wind and sky coming together on one particular day.”
listen to gotta sleep now:
You’re timing’s all wrong is a quirky sonic experiment, that oscillates between a rather sweet acoustic guitar melody and the wonderfully crazy nebulaphone by bleep labs.
I love crazy musical gadgets and the idea that machines can be chaotic and unpredictable. This is i’m sure why i don’t really want to fix my juno 106… because it sounds so awesome when it’s just a little bit broken.
anyway… back to the track and the work in the exhibition…
Adele Winteridge teamed up with a couple of her pals at Foolscap Studio Elly Russell and Siam Pascale to create the quite beautiful balancing act of “Fine Balance”. A live mobile created from timber, paint, seedlings and wool.
Adele writes of the process: “The song to me is a really happy vibrant song with undertones of a balancing act between the melody and the overriding glitches. It is reminiscent of a sunny day in a car, driving around the hills… or turning your music up really loudly and riding around the streets of Melbourne on your bike. Sun through the trees and wind in the hair.
The piece is a “Calderseque” kinetic mobile that can hang inside or outside. The plants are balanced from different lengths of dowel with coloured wool threaded through them. Each arm holds a seedling, as they grow at different rates (plant variations) they send the mobile into different balancing positions, changing the aesthetic of the piece daily.”
Adele also writes about it in her Foolscap Blog.
Listen to Your timing’s all wrong here:
Track 12… The Night Beetle is the first single from Sunday Morning.
OK, I confess… i’m obsessed with the Beatles… and with Sunday Morning I really wanted to create an album that flowed like the B-Side of Abbey Road, where each track seamlessly flows into the next, despite the diversity. This track, is a homage of sorts to the Beatles, with my attempt to channel George Harrison’s guitar solos.
Reviewed in the Age EG, Craig Mathieson writes: “WINTERPARK have spent several years on the periphery of the local indie-electro scene but with the lovingly crafted vintage pop of The Night Beetle (***), Matt Ridgway’s project sounds ready to take the spotlight with the forthcoming Sunday Morning album.
Accomplished film maker and video artist Gavin Youngs, shows off his rather somewhat twisted sense of humour to create an awesome video work entitled “Night Light” that has to be watched in its entirety!
Gavin writes of his work: “The 1:56 mark of The night beetle sparked the real inspiration for the piece. Referencing a television ad from the 80’s the work looks at what lights your sleep.”
FYI… Gavin has previously worked with Winterpark to create the amazing video clip for Cold Feet, off the first Winterpark album One Night Alone.
Watch Gavin’s work “Night Light” here:
Why not check out the Montag Remix of The Night Beetle 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:
In celebration of Winterpark’s 3rd album release, fourteen local and international artists have each given their individual creative response to tracks off the album. The works will cover a range of media, photography and painting to new media and installation works.
This exhibition will run over 3 days at the Dear Patti Smith Gallery in Smith St. Collingwood from Thursday July 21-Saturday July 23. At the launch event Winterpark will perform tracks from the new album live.
Each day until the launch i’ll be posting links to each of the artists websites.
I’ll also be posting links to these new album tracks that each of the artists are working with in the coming days!
Please come along to the launch, and join the facebook event page