Scene News: Rob Snarski New Album & National Tour

FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF HIS ACCLAIMED SOLO DEBUT “WOUNDED BIRD’’ LAST YEAR, ROB SNARSKI RETURNS WITH ‘LOW FIDELITY (SONGS BY REQUEST VOLUME 1)’

The songs of Low Fidelity (Songs by Request Volume 1) are recordings made by Rob Snarski in his home, singing songs requested by fans. From the hills of Tecoma, the recordings made their way to Yikesville, home of studio boss and guitarist Shane O’Mara for studio augmentation and mixing.  Mastered by the inimitable Mikey Young, the result is an album that is warm and rich and deliciously stripped back and honest.  From Nina Simone to Lou Reed to Spiritualised, Low Fidelity includes 18 hand-made tracks and is set for release by Teardrop Records/Rocket Distribution on June 19, 2015.   To coincide with its release, Rob Snarski will head out on the road with Shane O’Mara on a National Tour.

Rob says “I’ve always had a penchant for 4-track demos and lo-fi home recordings especially back in the day of tape. To me they’ve held a charm and honesty where the flaws become the strengths; there’s usually a more relaxed vocal delivery, an unbalanced mix and some awkward arrangements, which for whatever reason sound sweet to my ears.

This collection of songs were requested by fans and friends and all were recorded at home in the hills of Tecoma – in the kitchen, office and bedroom on my iPhone. I didn’t really set about recording the songs meticulously and it wasn’t until late into the project it dawned on me I was gathering quite an interesting collection of song requests and perhaps other likeminded lo-fi music loving folk may enjoy them as well.

The recordings were played to producer and guitarist Shane O’Mara who embraced the project wholeheartedly – tweaking things here and there and adding to the atmosphere of it all … a touch of extra reverb, adding an electric guitar or sitar or just a simple EQ of my original recording.

The most difficult part was the sequence of the track-listing of this ungainly beast, so I encourage the use of the “shuffle” button and feel free to listen to the recordings on the speaker on your phone or at a hushed volume on your stereo.”

The result is a recording that is warm and rich and deliciously stripped back and honest.

Low Fidelity (Songs By Request Volume 1) Tracklisting:

 

  1. Graciously (Edwyn Collins)                                       
  2. Tiny Dancer (Elton John / Bernie Taupin)         
  3. I Can’t Make It Alone (Gerry Goffin / Carole King)
  4. The Way You See Me (Willie Nelson)                  
  5. River (Joni Mitchell)                                                      
  6. The Flood Johanna (Chad’s Tree/Mark Snarski)
  7. Wild Is The Wind (Dimitri Tiomkin / Ned Washington)
  8. Come On Home To Me (Lee Hazelwood)               
  9. You Lie, You Cheat (Spiritualized/J. Spaceman)
  10. Babies (Pulp)
  11. Bad Man (Greg Oblivian)
  12. Witchita Lineman (Jimmy Webb)
  13. Turning Off a Memory (Merle Haggard)
  14. Satellite of Love (Lou Reed)
  15. Golden Boy (Rob Snarski/Marc O’Carroll)
  16. Dolphins (Fred Neil)
  17. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon)
  18. Wolves (Phosphorescent/Matthew Houck)

 

Low Fidelity (Songs by Request Volume 1) – out 19 June, 2015 via Rocket Distribution

Pre order:  Digital: https://robsnarski.bandcamp.com/album/low-fidelity-songs-by-request-volume-1

CD: http://theblackeyedsusans.bigcartel.com/

http://www.robsnarski.com/low-fidelity/   |  www.facebook.com/RobSnarski

 

 

ROB SNARSKI with SHANE O’MARA

LOW FIDELITY (Songs by Request Volume 1)

2015 NATIONAL TOUR

“… everything from Pulp to Glen Campbell, Nina Simone to Spiritualized, Wounded Bird and Chad’s Tree to Lou Reed …”

 

FRIDAY JULY 3

The Vanguard NEWTOWN, NSW

 

FRIDAY JULY 10

Festival of Voices HOBART, TAS

 

SATURDAY JULY 11

Festival of Voices PORT ARTHUR, TAS

 

SATURDAY JULY 25

Northcote Social Club NORTHCOTE, VIC

 

SUNDAY JULY 26

Wheatsheaf Hotel THEBARTON, SA (early 5-7pm)

 

FRIDAY JULY 31

Caravan Music Club OAKLEIGH, VIC

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 28

The Odd Fellow FREMANTLE, WA

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 29

Astor Lounge MT LAWLEY, WA

 

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