another massive new issue of the ever-growing Fjorde Magazine, with a healthy focus on all local (& now international) underground fashion, arts & music. the Spring/Summer issue features my interviews with local hero Kimbra, musical chieftain/aficionado Dego (of 4hero), & the man-of-awesomeness known as Van Hunt. i try and approach my interviews mostly from the artist’s POV, and as you’ll pick up on, i have a fascination with “the process” and how it manifests for everyone differently. and i’ma just keep acting like i wasn’t completely GEEKED THE FUGG OUT when talkin to Van & Dego (Kimbra‘s cool too of course, but the other two are longtime heroes). while ur reading u might as well suss out the rest of the mag, spesh if u dig pretty pics of pretty people and pretty things.
for the past few months, i’ve been writing for local Melbourne online mag, Fjorde Magazine, which is largely a fashion magazine but with intents on expanding into all areas of modern underground culture. to that end, i was tapped to help cover all things music. i debuted in the previous issue (#3) with an interview with Quan from Little Red. for my follow-up i spoke to Aussie acoustic star Josh Pyke, an artist i admittedly didn’t know too much about before i spoke to, but did a heckuva lot of research on and ended up becoming a fan of when all was said and done. please click HERE for a link to Fjorde’s website and a link to viewing the whole ‘zine online.
oh, and my interviews with Van Hunt and Dego (of 4hero/2000black) will be in the next issue, probably due out in a couple months time. keep yours eyes peeled for THOSE 🙂
Van Hunt promised more freebies in the lead up to the release of his new album “What Were You Hoping For?”, and after the melancholy mellow of June we’re treated to the genre-mingling rock-infused soul music he perfected on his 2nd album On The Jungle Floor (and later expanded on with the unreleased Popular), with The Savage, Sincere L(ook) Of P(leasure). it’s a short but intense up and down song that builds and crescendos with Van’s appropriately PUNKY vocals (say what you want about him as a soul dude, he’s got the pipes, axe skills & charisma to front a rock band as well if he wanted). Confessions Of A Curly Mind (aka, me) happened to be online when he dropped the track via his official Facebook page, and wasted no time in getting this bad boy onto YouTube for the rest of the world. peep, share, enjoy, and BUY this man’s new album in September.
Van Hunt returns with a stunningly subdued ode simply titled June. the song is Van at his melancholy best, and is the first of a few forthcoming free online releases ahead of his new album, “What Were You Waiting For?”. the song makes classic elemental use of colouring love, in this case the month of June/girl named June. it seems to loosely bounce back & forth between metaphors, which makes it even more compelling. it’s important that this man KEEPS making music, cos he remains one of the few soldiers doing his own thing on his own terms (and who wouldn’t after having their best work to date, Popular, get shelved…by Blue Note, of all labels).
the new album is expected to be released on September 27th via a joint venture between Van’s own Godless-hotspot label and Thirty Tigers. according to Van, the next free song to be released will be Eyes Like Pearls (also the album’s first official single). we damn-well look forward to it. for now, enjoy the trippy beauty of June.