Seventeen years after their only Australian tour and eleven years since they broke up, indie rockers Luna return to our shores this September.
In their initial 13 year run, Luna honed a moody, introspective sound that owed a debt to influences like the Velvet Underground, for whom they opened up on a European reunion tour, and Television, whose Tom Verlaine made a guest appearance on their 1995 album Penthouse.
The news of the group's recent reunion comes almost exactly 10 years to the day after the release of the group's final album, Rendezvous. The group, which Dean Wareham formed in the early Nineties after the demise of dream rockers Galaxie 500, announced its breakup about a week before the record came out. The group played its final gig in February 2005.
After the group's breakup, Wareham and the band's bassist, Britta Phillips, put out three albums and toured. The couple married around the time they recorded their Back Numbers record, which came out in 2007. Dean and Britta have continued to tour (including a recent trip to Australia) and, most recently, Wareham put out a self-titled solo album, which My Morning Jacket's Jim James produced and featured Phillips in the band, this past April.
Luna recorded 8 studio albums between 1992 and 2005. The current touring lineup is the exact ’99-’05 group that recorded Luna Live!, Romantica, Close Cover Before Striking, and Rendezvous: Dean Wareham and Sean Eden on guitar, Lee Wall on drums, and Britta Phillips on bass.
Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s dreamy soundscapes come effortlessly, likely to have been encouraged from his upbringing in the remote Finnish lakeland city of Jyväskylä. Today, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist has collected cult status within his home country and abroad after prolifically churning out numerous pop oddities and his breakthrough release, Dreamzone EP in 2013.
Exposure from an early age to music popular amongst his friends in life and online, Jaakko’s music stems from a vast range of influence (including indulgence in US prog rockers, Dream Theatre). Now, blending interest in dub, reggae, metal, disco and jazz, Jaakko compiles elements of these diverse genres into lucid dream-like, utterly alluring, pop music easily worth vast and regular consumption.
In his self-titled album (released on Weird World/Domino), Jaakko further explores obscured reality focusing on cruising repetition, building depth with synth rhythms and danceable melodies all secured with blurred vocals. Remove the often gaudy harshness of Ariel Pink, defuse the rhythms of Sebastien Tellier, and meet Connan Mockasin for augmented vocal aid and you’ll find Jaakko somewhere through dank layers of circling audio haze.
Post release of the abum Jaakko the voyager hopes to capture the interest of fans further south, with his debut visit and tour of Australia.
In a musical landscape of quirky characters, Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) stands strong as a true eclectic devotee. With an established career of genre-mashing and energetic production, the Brooklyn-based Palomo has today announced details of his Australian return and released Slumlord, the second cut off his long-waited return album, ‘Vega Intl. Night School'
Palomo will be taking Neon Indian on the road in Australia this December with an energetic live show. Kicking off with Victorian favourite, Meredith Music Festival followed by a handful of headline shows on the East coast.