Sainthill is the project of Melbourne-based musician Tom Larkey whose music is shoegazing dream-pop referencing the post-punk romantics. Folk Romantic is his third album and is set to be released in May. He will be taking to the stage of The Gasometer on the afternoon of Sun 27 May to unleash it to the public.
Sainthill’s prior work has been described by respected critic Marty Jones (Rhythms Magazine) as “intelligent and beautiful music…a record to lose yourself in” who likens them to iconic Melbourne band The Art Of Fighting.
Taking his name from his relative (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 a melancholic cascade of emotive sounds.
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-centered romances.
The album contains eight finely crafted tunes, which really draw the listener in, and was mixed by John Lee at Phaedra Studios. The center point is his assured warm vocals, which wrap tenderly around the accomplished multi-layered musical compositions.
Folk Romantic will be launched on Sun 27 May (afternoon gig), where Larkey has assembled fellow musical companions drummer Seth Rees (The Spheres), keyboardist David O’Brien (Shiver Canyon) and bassist Tamara Lunn (Lyra Will) who will join him on stage.
Sainthill Album Launch
Sun 27 May
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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