OBSCURA HAIL - SIREN/ZERO
Cat. no: DASH066LP
Release Date: 16th October 2020
‘Siren/Zero’ is the new release from Melbourne via Wollongong musician Sean Conran, combining the previously released ‘Zero EP’ with a brandnew EP of songs, ‘Siren’.
The full Obscura Hail band displays cross-sections of Conran’s personal routine. Balanced out by Tamara Issa (bass, vocals) and Kaelan Edmond (drums), Obscura Hail combines biting guitars, beautiful harmonies, atmospheric acoustic percussion, loops and drum machines to deliver something dynamic and existentially
Over an untold number of late-night recording sessions in an evolving ad-hoc home studio, Conran has amassed a rich musical archive of alternating styles and an obsessive commitment to songwriting as a craft. A project that began as a way to remember, Conran shares - “Obscura Hail began as a routine of externalizing
memory for the sake of preservation due to a fear of Alzheimer’s. It
was brought on by receiving my first amalgam filling; to carry on a legacy, to calcify meaning and importance of my lived experience, should I need reminding.” Released last year, the Zero EP saw Obscura Hail looking inwards and focusing on themes including mortality, personal values and a touch of hopelessness.
As a counterbalance to Zero, the forthcoming Siren EP is Conran’s words “is charged with an optimistic, though anxious energy... A fight or flight response to the instability of our modern world at this time.”
“Obscura Hail is the archive of everything I have or will ever record. From raw conversations and ambience in familiar spaces all the way through to looped accidental arrangements that are delicate impressions of the environment and time I was in. The intent and meaning behind all of the songwriting and audio archives are inseparable from the recordings themselves.”
The release of Zero EP saw the band widely supported across Australian radio - reaching #1 on the AMRAP (Australian Music Radio Airplay) charts soon after release in November 2019. Amassing a fiercely loyal following, the band have sold out their last three headline launches in Melbourne.
They’ve appeared at many Australian festivals and shared stages with artists such Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin, Cam Avery (Tame Impala, Pond), Soaked Oats and Bad//Dreems.
Tracks: Doomer / Idle Hands / Penumbra / Uniform / Town Cryer / Swear Jar / Goth / Sex Appeal / The Thin Man / Psychic Cemetery
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