Phrases By Tammy Walters
We chat to the Melbourne singer-songwriter about his new album, Ohmage.
Leo Sayer was only a boy again when he sang in regards to the humble ‘One Man Band’ in 1974.
Since then, the single-member band association has lived lengthy and develop into considerably of a guessing recreation in current instances with many solo artists hiding beneath the guise of a multi-member facade.
Kevin Parker had us fooled for years that Tame Impala was a five-piece band, whereas the seemingly-broader Bon Iver is simply the only venture of Justin Vernon. Then there’s James Murphy, the whimsical songwriter on the coronary heart of LCD Soundsystem.
Following of their footsteps is Melbourne’s Eddie Casper. Whereas he makes use of his delivery identify as his artist identify, his larger-than-life preparations lead you to consider there are extra members at play.
His 2017 debut LP It’s No Secret was his first try at a self-sufficient album, and as he arrives together with his second serving – the 15-track, 78-minute palette of indie rock, dream pop, progressive rock, and psychedelia titled Ohmage – Casper once more drives in solitude.
What’s hanging is the variety of devices on the document. Casper assumes the standard rock necessities of guitar, bass, drums, vocals and even piano but in addition performs xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, double bass, mandolin, flute, and the trusty recorder.
Every instrument Casper performs on Ohmage is the product of self-teaching – no multi-disciplinary background, not even the first college ‘Sizzling Cross Buns’ recorder ceremony of passage seems on the music connoisseur’s academic historical past.
“I by no means learnt recorder in main college. I by no means received that have so perhaps that is simply me making up for the shortage of recorder in my life,” Casper laughs.
“I truly taught myself piano after I was about twelve years outdated as a result of we had this household upright piano in our front room and nobody in my home performed music, not even my dad and mom.
“By the point I began greedy easy piano songs I received a bit bored as a result of I can by no means decide to mastering one talent,” Caspar continues.
“By the point I’m kind of sufficient at it I’ll soar to one thing totally different and I made a decision to then study guitar after that. I moved onto bass after which needed to study drums however mum and pa wouldn’t let me have a drumkit in the home so I learnt by arranging pillows on the mattress right into a drumkit and smacking my fingers on them.”
Caspar’s keenness for self-education surfaces in a a number of of how via his solo venture. Firstly, his theatrical and cinematic essence was born out of curiosity, stemming from his adolescence of non-public discovery.
“I simply actually love music from a younger age. I’d get headphones and take heed to albums of their entirety. A few of my favourites could be Smashing Pumpkins and [their album] Mellon Collie and the Infinite Disappointment,” Caspar says.
“As a young person, I simply cherished the scope of that album as a result of it had a whole orchestra on it and jumped from comfortable songs to actually rocky songs and was a tremendous journey. And that’s what I needed to do with Ohmage; to take listeners on a very immersive musical expertise.”
Contextually, Ohmage additionally attracts from Casper’s inner-learnings and new experiences comparable to falling in love for the primary time and his first heartbreak. That is evident on the album’s lead single, ‘She’s Bought So Many Faces’.
“I used to be overwhelmed with this view of life, popping out of being a young person with this narrow-minded view of the world and the way the whole lot works and being on this tiny little Melbourne bubble,” Caspar concludes.
“With this album, I undoubtedly felt engulfed by the brand new experiences and I actually needed to channel that as a lot as I may into the songs. In some methods, I believe this album is a soundtrack of my life over the previous three years.”
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