Nick and Liesl @ The Front, Canberra - Saturday 2 February - Completed
|Date||Saturday, 2 February 2013|
|Time||8:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Single Entry||$16.50||--Ticket sales closed--|
Nick and Liesl are back in Canberra for the release of their new EP 'Friend and Lover' out Feb 1st through MGM.
After getting knocked back for a grant to fund their next album, Nick and Liesl decided to release a fully home made ‘in-betweener’ to tie their fans (and themselves) over till they can afford a full-length recording that can beat their debut Feather (“Honestly, Feather is one of the best albums I’ve heard in forever” - Rhythms, May 2011). So while many of their peers are going down the crowd-funding route to fund their studio time, Nick and Liesl decided to put to use the recording skills, and the equipment, invested in over the past five years of home recording and record a high-quality low-cost acoustic EP completely by themselves.
Friend and Lover is a light and sweet, at times almost kitsch, release. It captures the essence of Nick and Liesl’s sound, the beautiful vocals and superbly blended harmonies, and proves that the duo can bring us a stellar release also without the backing of musicians of the calibre that we heard on Feather. Yet the EP is not completely without backing either as one might expect from an acoustic release. Subtle but creative additions in the form of percussion, strings and even a simple music box complement the guitars and piano, leaving a few new discoveries for the listener after their first listen.
Since their last release, Nick and Liesl have been touring extensively, including a European tour (their fifth) and major festivals like Woodford and Caloundra. Quite unexpectedly they have also become involved in writing for the theatre stage and film, through a chance encounter with a US-based production company. In fact, the Feather album has become the original soundtrack to a new musical with the same title and the duo are currently working on songs for a movie due out next Christmas. The album and their debut EP Wyong River (2008), like Friend and Lover, were also recorded mostly at home, with the latter winning Nick and Liesl an ABC Award for Sound Production.
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