2019 proved to be a fruitful one for Perth songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Mac, aka Servo Flowers. Quickly cultivating a presence and following for himself locally with the release of his debut single, King of The Suburbs (For The Night), Servo Flowers now followed things up with the announcement of a new single – Messed Up.
The song further explores Servo Flowers’ realm of influences as he delves into some gorgeous alt-indie territory, rich in texture and delivery. Continuing to add to the list of impressive music coming out of the Australian West Coast, Messed Up is a fitting way to introduce this new chapter for Servo Flowers. Having already generated buzz for his music off the back of praised gigs with a range of artists from the likes of Dulcie to Drapht, Servo Flowers has been able to prove early that his scope for music and live performance is a wide one.
Recorded at his home studio in Fremantle, Messed Up was sent to Joel Waddell (PulseFour Music) for mixing before landing with Randy Merrill (Sterling Sound) to be mastered. The intimacy of the song matches Servo Flowers’ approach to his craft. Maintaining that connection between the lyrics and the arrangement of the music is something that prompts a hazy, nostalgic feel to the end product. “‘Messed Up’ was one of those rare songs that came out basically finished on the first play-through. As a result, the lyrics are simple but personal, detailing a literal car-crash that coincides with the breakdown of a relationship. I spent over two years playing around with the song to figure out the perfect way to represent the simplicity of the tune and elevate it with my usual process of adding layers upon layers of samples.”Servo Flowers
With the current COVID-19 situation forcing musicians around the country back into their homes and studios, Servo Flowers has been making good use of the lockdown to further prepare for the release of his debut EP, ‘Joey Car Crash.‘ Connecting with a songwriting idol in Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley and having the opportunity to collaborate and bring ideas to life has been an invaluable experience for the songwriter.
Surrounded by the Freo music community has meant that Servo Flowers has some of the country’s best writers and ears at his disposal to serve as soundboards, jam partners and more, Servo Flowers admits he’s in a really great space. “It’s important that I do all of this in my own studio. Very quickly I have found a group of people who have become part of the Servo Flowers vision. Whether it’s putting down parts or just having a beer while I record, there’s always something happening.”Servo Flowers
Formed an instant crush after first play! Great debut!”
Triple J Unearthed, Claire Mooney
“This sound is world class, it’s inspiring to see such a high production coming out of a secluded and part-dilapidated house in Fremantle.”
With thanks to Beehive PR