Premiere: Totara Jack – Supercolliders
One of Sydney’s premier session musicians, Cameron Deyell hasn’t struck out on his own as an artist until now, instead spending his time working with the likes of Katie Noonan & The Captains, Lior, Bertie Blackman, Sia, Nik Zinner [Yeah Yeah Yeahs], and Japan Australia Jazz Orchestra. It took spending some quality time in India to inspire him to work on his own material. He got in touch with his buddy, producer Lachlan Carrick [Goyte, Lior]. In Deyell’s words, “I was always terrified of pressing send on those emails. It was such a strange and new experience for me, writing and recording these songs all by myself, not knowing whether any of it was any good at all. For me, I had defined myself by the kind of music I was making back in Australia, and with whom I was making it. All alone in India, I had to build a whole world of sounds myself.” In May 2012 a third friend Laurenz Pike [PVT, Jack Ladder] headed over to develop the live drum tracks and the last of the songwriting was complete.
Taking on the nickname of a long-lost kiwi relative, Totara Jack, this is his first single, with it’s story of a couple breaking up, despite being still in love. Musically it picks up on a variety of influences, with lo-fi drums and synths meeting power pop overtones. The clip, featuring Bollywood actress Pallavi Sharda, features scenes reminiscent of India’s spring Holi festival, where multi-coloured powder is thrown all up in the place, spawning several camera adverts. Pretty cool stuff, enjoy…