Folk Romantic is my third album as Sainthill – I’d spent a couple of years in the US where the songs were predominantly written, and upon returning to Melbourne in 2016 went straight into recording. The songs are an amalgamation of experiences I had living abroad, played out through odes to New Orleans, love songs for forests, and observations of person-centred romances. My style has evolved over time – I guess now you could call it dream-pop with a sprinkling of shoegaze. John Lee at Phaedra mixed it and also played drums – he really breathed a dynamism into the tracks and was a pleasure to work with. It’ll be coming out May 27th through the all round awesome Hawk Moth Records.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I’ve had Slowdive’s new album (their first in 22 years) on repeat for a while now. It’s a beautifully layered and distilled album.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote…
I recorded my vocals at home, and as a result discovered the bedtime of neighbourhood birds is 8pm sharp. I had to wait for the cacophony to stop each night before getting anything done.
What, or who, inspires you?
Every time I see local live music I get inspired. A lot of my favourite music is made by friends and acquaintances in Melbourne – the abundance of creativity and originality on show every night of the week makes you feel spoilt.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Many a song by Springsteen, but if I had to choose one it would be Bobby Jean.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
A dessert dinner party that you somehow feel really great after.
What’s next for you?
I’m really excited to get Folk Romantic out into the world, but as anyone who has released an album will know it’s a lot of work! So I’ll be having a few naps and continuing to play live shows with my awesome band.
What’s your scene?
The Bang Bang Bar from Twin Peaks.
Sainthill is the project of Melbourne-based musician Tom Larkey. Taking his name from his first cousin twice removed (Australian stage and costume designer Loudon Sainthill) Larkey began in earnest in 2009 with an EP of sparse electric-folk, I Am a Monster. A further two albums (Dear Victoria in 2012 and Man Alive in 2014) saw Sainthill’s sound steadily gather layers of drums, guitar and synth, the culmination of which is melancholic, shoegazing dream-pop that gazes to the post-punk romantics.
While Dear Victoria and Man Alive dealt in vignettes of death, fear, friendship, family, and hope, new album Folk Romantic embraces the many guises of love, loss, and renewal. Larkey spent two years in the US before returning to Australia in 2016, and the amalgamation of experiences play out through odes to New Orleans, love songs for forests, and all manner of person-centred romances.
The album was mixed by John Lee at Phaedra Studios and will be released through local label Hawk Moth Records. Launching in May, Larkey will be joined onstage by drummer Seth Rees (The Spheres), keyboardist David O’Brien (Shiver Canyon) and bassist Tamara Lunn (Lyra Will).
Sainthill Album Launch
Sun 27 May The Gasometer 484 Smith St, Collingwood Doors: 1.30 PM Support : Oliver Mann (2pm- 2.30pm), Georgia Spain (2.45pm – 3.30pm) Entry : $15 (with digital download code), $20 (with digital download code and CD) or $25 (with digital download code and vinyl)
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