“Had this one well and truly planted in the head ever since first playing it. Tim Fitz’s production and pedal steel adds a great flavour. Dominic’s dozy Dylanesque delivery has such a classic feel about it too. Add a dose of longing on top of those melodies and you’ve cooked up one great song”
Triple J, Richard Kingsmill
“Dominic always has such a way with words, space and emotion. He’s got stories to tell and you believe every single word.”
Triple J, Declan Byrne
“I hereby propose a change of wording to a certain slogan. Let’s make it “Is Dom. Is Good.”’.
Triple J Unearthed Dave Ruby Howe
“His is a name that has become synonymous with forward-thinking musicianship on the Australian scene.”
Tone Deaf, Tyler Jenke
“A true artist and songwriter. Every Dom Breen song has its own unique spirit.”
Tim Fitz, Middle Kids
“Equally likely to appeal to fans of Julia Jacklin, DMA’s and Middle Kids as it is to fans of the Go-
Betweens, The Triffids or Roy Orbison.”
Around the Sound
The long-awaited debut album from Sydney’s Dominic Breen is out in the world today.
Released via Sydney label Double Drummer (Greta Stanley, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird), ‘Blue Volume’ sees Breen deep dive into themes of identity, anxiety, hope, disillusionment, yearning and love.
Recorded in Sydney with Tim Fitz (Middle Kids) on production and mixing, and Matthew Neighbour (Matt Corby, The Avalanches) on mastering, Breen reflects on its creation: “It was a strange time. I had a job lined up in the Gibson desert. I was ready to throw in the towel on the life I’d been working on. I’d just started taking lamotrigine, this anticonvulsant medication used to treat bipolar. I was trying to quit smoking. The first COVID waves were beginning to break and uncertainty loomed. Here we were, Tim and I, burrowed away in an attic producing these yearn jams, and outside, in between it all, I was starting to fall in love again, and Tim had just become a father.”
‘Blue Volume’ is a gorgeous, bold and textural statement. Each song is its own little microcosm, yet the whole thing fits together perfectly like a 10 piece jigsaw. It features acclaimed singles James Street Tonight, Lovelost, Under Your Sorrow and most recent single Real Hard Week, which was just picked by Dave Ruby Howe for the Triple J Unearthed podcast.
Among the new tracks, there’s gorgeous moments of longing (Please Change Your Mind), raucous alt-country (The Place Where All Good Dreams Get Lost) and sparkling dream-pop (Give Me a Drink From The Cup of Your Hand – which features guest drums from Middle Kids’ Harry Day and a beautiful Cocteau Twins-esque backing vocal from singer/songwriter Georgia Mulligan – one of only a few songs on the record in which every instrument wasn’t handled by Breen and Fitz).
Breen says of the album; “Blue Volume is kinda like a constellation. It’s constructed with lots of different experiences, adversities, people, some connected and similar, others far apart and totally disparate. Some shine brightly and others are cloaked and less obvious. It can be seen as a singular thing if you look at it a certain way, and it will illustrate a picture for you, or point you in a direction. I think the way it appears to you will depend on where you are and how you are. Whatever you get from it is true, but not true for everyone.”
Breen’s label on the record; “Dom is special – truly special,” says Double Drummer’s Edward Prescott. “In terms of evoking a sense of time and place, he’s one of the most gifted singer/songwriters I’ve ever met. He’s a songwriting beast – this album was whittled down from over 50 demos – and I’m sure there were probably 50 more he didn’t even show us. It’s one of my favourite things the label has released.”
‘Blue Volume’ IS OUT NOW via Double Drummer
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With thanks to Beehive PR