Elder is a three-piece ensemble from Meanjin (Brisbane) that exists within the fringes of dream-pop, shoegaze and contemporary jazz genres. The band enjoys concocting songs conceptually and technically out of landscapes, Australiana, ecology, shapes and spatial awareness.
Perfectly imperfect and aiming to make sense of lukewarm dispositions, wabi sabi is a display of vulnerability in the face of apprehension. Lulling rhythms debate brutal vocality in a protracted smattering of ebb and flow.
wabi sabi is premiered with Backseat Mafia (January 3) and is the second single from Elder‘s upcoming album ‘Binoei’.
Despite only forming in early 2018, the trio have quickly cemented their place in the Brisbane music scene. The band released their debut DIY EP, ‘Cyril‘ in December 2018 with 2019 seeing the now crystallised unit exploring their sonic boundaries and vastly expanding their repertoire whilst becoming one of the most in-demand performers in the city.
2020 is shaping up to be even bigger, with Elder taking part in the Nine Lives Festival in March and their debut LP ‘Binoei’ slated for release in spring, with no sign of their gig calendar easing up. The trio are also putting together their first East Coast tour to coincide with the album release.
Matt, Henry and Talia heavily embrace the ideals of community and communion, opting to host the event at The Station, a shared creative space in the heart of Fortitude Valley. The lineup features Brisbane expat Keeskea (now residing in Adelaide) returning for the show alongside luminaries Ghost Notes and Ultra Material, who are returning from hiatus, to make for a very special evening. Not to mention the BBQ and laid back vibe of a BYO party!
“We love to perform and evoke deep feelings related to our spaces and environment and hope that others feel similarly listening to us,” says guitarist/vocalist Matt Burton.
wabi sabi follows the release of The Commute in December. The two singles show contrasting aspects of Elder’s potent sound and the band’s dynamic range – The Commute projects an intense and grating tonality whilst wabi sabi elicits a slightly more lulling and tender sound.
“I am so excited to help get these singles out into the world,” says John Russell (4000 Records), “’Cyril’ was received so incredibly well and now that the guys have taken the next step and recorded professionally, they’ve added a further layer of magic to an already extraordinary sound.”
Elder has been known to rock out in socks and sandals from time to time.
Thanks to 4000 Records