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US Tour with Darren Sylvester.

Farewell show: Aug 28/ Grace Darling, w Time Shield, Doors 7pm.

Sept 2/ Los Angeles, CA / Five Stars Bar

Sept 4/ San Francisco, CA / Hemlock Tavern

Sept 8/ Portland, OR / Tube

Sept 9/ Portland, OR / Branx w/ Glass Candy (MusicfestNW)

Sept 10/ Seattle, WA/ Rendezvous Theatre

Sept 14/ Brooklyn, NY/ Bruar Falls

Sept 16/ New York, New York/ Pianos


Friday 17 June – Danceteria Partay, Melbourne – Excited!



Concert Video – “I Want Your Blood” – Live May 2011


Wednesday 1 June – Bar Open, Melbourne


Thursday 28 April, Factory Bar, Hanoi


Friday 6 May, La Fenêtre Soleil, Saigon


2 April 2011 – La Fenetre Soleil – Saigon, Vietnam


26 March 2011 – Hanoi Rock City – Hanoi, Vietnam


HRC Show was a lot of fun

Thanks so much to everyone who made it happen, and all who came and danced!  Especially Commens for playing first up, and D.A. for letting me ride his saweet Honda cruiser to dinner and back!


Tonight – First Show in Hanoi

Super Melody solo show at the Factory bar in Hanoi tonight (Friday)!  Mai, Ha and the rest of the crew have been so welcoming since I arrived, it will be really fun to play for them.  The place has a crazy 80s art feel with its multi-tiered industrial architecture, paintings of militaristic Francis Bacon armies and sculptures of people stuffed into neon barrels and “sealed for guaranteed freshness”.   Should be a blast! Starting at 8.30.

Factory – 11A Ngõ Bảo Khánh – Hoàn Kiếm – Hà Nội

www.factory.org.vn

Next week, playing at Hanoi Rock City – so excited!!


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Biography


Super Melody is the brainchild of James Cecil, the Melbourne-based artist and producer who made his name with globe- and genre-trotting pop group Architecture In Helsinki.  During the first few years of the twenty-first century he played some 400 shows with the band, and recorded their first two albums at his itinerant studio, Super Melody World.

 

James left AIH on the last day of 2007, in order to spend more time in the secluded musical utopia that is Super Melody World.  Here he passed some two years dwelling in a state of harmonic beatitude, mastering the digital bongos and investigating ways to apply Constantin Stanislasvki’s concept of “spiritual realism” to disco pop.  But soon it came time for Super Melody to return to the material world, and offer the fruits of his creative labour to consumers of fine pop music.

 

Thus we discover “Destination Unknown”: written, performed and recorded by James in a bright pink bedroom that used to belong to his little sister, it is a work of pure cabin fever.  The Super Melody sound is eclectic, yet unified by a love of pop music that stimulates the dancing muscles, along with the intellect.  Swinging from boogie, to yacht rock, to wonky synth-funk and back, the album owes as much to the fluorescent productions of Prince and Nile Rogers, as it does the lyricisms of Sebastien Tellier, and Serge Gainsbourg before him.

 

It is an album of pop songs, and one to dance to.  But pigeon-holing it further may prove tricky – Super Melody’s rhythmic fascination leads the listener from Melbourne to Mumbai, flits from Paris to New York, and then takes them on a slow cruise home, collecting souvenir maracas from a dozen island hotel bars along the way.  Its a sophisticated kind of fun, and these songs will stick with you long after your suntan has faded.

 

The Super Melody live show has evolved constantly since the album’s official launch, which featured a 7-piece band complete with string section, guest vocalists and a saxophonist on the run from George Michael.  For his upcoming first tour of the USA, James will be performing solo, re-interpreting the album in a lean, house music-inspired fashion, aimed squarely at the dance floor.

 

“Destination Unknown” will be released in the USA on August 30.

Available digitally and physically from www.supermelody.com

 

 

 


Biography


Super Melody is the brainchild of James Cecil, the Melbourne-based artist and producer who made his name with globe- and genre-trotting pop group Architecture In Helsinki.  During the first few years of the twenty-first century he played some 400 shows with the band, and recorded their first two albums at his itinerant studio, Super Melody World.

 

James left AIH on the last day of 2007, in order to spend more time in the secluded musical utopia that is Super Melody World.  Here he passed some two years dwelling in a state of harmonic beatitude, mastering the digital bongos and investigating ways to apply Constantin Stanislasvki’s concept of “spiritual realism” to disco pop.  But soon it came time for Super Melody to return to the material world, and offer the fruits of his creative labour to consumers of fine pop music.

 

Thus we discover “Destination Unknown”: written, performed and recorded by James in a bright pink bedroom that used to belong to his little sister, it is a work of pure cabin fever.  The Super Melody sound is eclectic, yet unified by a love of pop music that stimulates the dancing muscles, along with the intellect.  Swinging from boogie, to yacht rock, to wonky synth-funk and back, the album owes as much to the fluorescent productions of Prince and Nile Rogers, as it does the lyricisms of Sebastien Tellier, and Serge Gainsbourg before him.

 

It is an album of pop songs, and one to dance to.  But pigeon-holing it further may prove tricky – Super Melody’s rhythmic fascination leads the listener from Melbourne to Mumbai, flits from Paris to New York, and then takes them on a slow cruise home, collecting souvenir maracas from a dozen island hotel bars along the way.  Its a sophisticated kind of fun, and these songs will stick with you long after your suntan has faded.

 

The Super Melody live show has evolved constantly since the album’s official launch, which featured a 7-piece band complete with string section, guest vocalists and a saxophonist on the run from George Michael.  For his upcoming first tour of the USA, James will be performing solo, re-interpreting the album in a lean, house music-inspired fashion, aimed squarely at the dance floor.

 

“Destination Unknown” will be released in the USA on August 30.

Available digitally and physically from www.supermelody.com

 

 

 


Biography


Super Melody is the brainchild of James Cecil, the Melbourne-based artist and producer who made his name with globe- and genre-trotting pop group Architecture In Helsinki.  During the first few years of the twenty-first century he played some 400 shows with the band, and recorded their first two albums at his itinerant studio, Super Melody World.

 

James left AIH on the last day of 2007, in order to spend more time in the secluded musical utopia that is Super Melody World.  Here he passed some two years dwelling in a state of harmonic beatitude, mastering the digital bongos and investigating ways to apply Constantin Stanislasvki’s concept of “spiritual realism” to disco pop.  But soon it came time for Super Melody to return to the material world, and offer the fruits of his creative labour to consumers of fine pop music.

 

Thus we discover “Destination Unknown”: written, performed and recorded by James in a bright pink bedroom that used to belong to his little sister, it is a work of pure cabin fever.  The Super Melody sound is eclectic, yet unified by a love of pop music that stimulates the dancing muscles, along with the intellect.  Swinging from boogie, to yacht rock, to wonky synth-funk and back, the album owes as much to the fluorescent productions of Prince and Nile Rogers, as it does the lyricisms of Sebastien Tellier, and Serge Gainsbourg before him.

 

It is an album of pop songs, and one to dance to.  But pigeon-holing it further may prove tricky – Super Melody’s rhythmic fascination leads the listener from Melbourne to Mumbai, flits from Paris to New York, and then takes them on a slow cruise home, collecting souvenir maracas from a dozen island hotel bars along the way.  Its a sophisticated kind of fun, and these songs will stick with you long after your suntan has faded.

 

The Super Melody live show has evolved constantly since the album’s official launch, which featured a 7-piece band complete with string section, guest vocalists and a saxophonist on the run from George Michael.  For his upcoming first tour of the USA, James will be performing solo, re-interpreting the album in a lean, house music-inspired fashion, aimed squarely at the dance floor.

 

“Destination Unknown” will be released in the USA on August 30.

Available digitally and physically from www.supermelody.com

 

 

 


Discography


2010 – “Destination Unknown” LP

2010 – “I Want Your Blood” Single

2010 – “Worker Bee” Single

2009 – “Life Is Like Glass” EP

2009 – “Champagne Glass” Single

 


Press


Download a .pdf of press about Super Melody here.


Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiel!!!

My hero Tim Shiel a.k.a. Faux Pas has just released an album of remixes he has done for various lucky artists, including me.  You can download the whole thing from his Bandcamp page, and you should.  Thank you so much Tim!  I love you man.

 


“Destination Unknown” Japan Release on Poetic Dissent!

So excited that the album is coming out in Japan!  Thank you Kaigen!!  Thank you Poetic Dissent!!

 


Download! the Super Melody Remix of Sailor Days, “Species Counterpoint”

Here’s a remix I made for my dear friend Biddy Connor’s ‘Sailor Days’ project (it was Biddy who did all the fantastic string arranging on ‘Destination Unknown’).  I was really happy with how this one turned out, and Biddy is happy for you to download and keep it if you like!
In case you’re not sure how download it:  Click on the track title at the bottom of the player above, it will take you to the track on the Super Melody Soundcloud page, then next to the “Buy on iTunes” button there’s a download icon.

Check out more by Sailor Days here.

*EDIT: I posted a hi-res .wav version too, here.


US Tour with Darren Sylvester – West Coast & NY

Suddenly we were really busy.  I hardly took any photos!  Here are a few from the rest of our trip.  We had such a great time, thanks to all our friends old and new!  See you soon xoxo

Darren plays the Hemlock

San Francisco people danced the best of all!

The city has its own famous micro-climate.

We took the scenic route from San Francisco to Portland.  It was long and winding.

We stopped to take photos.

Our rental car made people think we were cops.

When we finally made it to the coast road, you couldn’t even see the ocean.

I cried and Darren took photos of the fog.

In Portland my cousin Wade showed Darren a thing or two about how to be a rock star.

Playing with Glass Candy was a dream come true.

I was so excited I forgot to focus the camera.

Johnny and Ida tore it up as always.

By the end it was a party on stage.

We ate two Italians Do It Better signature pizzas after the show.

It was so good to hang with Johnny and Adam (and Ida and Matty) again after such a long time.  Deep love.

On to Seattle…  Noddy brought the party, then took it with them.  Much love to these guys.

Darren asked the big questions, channeling the spirit of George Michael’s epic second album.

Finally we made it to New York.  We flew in on September 11, but it felt mellow.

My dear friend Jeffrey let us stay in his very sophisticated apartment on the Upper West Side.  It felt so right.

Playing in NY was an amazing feeling.  It was exciting and humbling to be a part of that beyond-enormous city.  We did our best to turn it on for the cameras.

But of course the locals, Jogyo, had the ace up their sleeve.  You have to know how to get peoples’ attention here.

So good to hang with old friend Tim from Dither Down/33Hz, he looked after us well.

 

We got a taste of glamorous New York nightlife, rubbed shoulders with the A-list, and ended up with empty stomachs, wasted on free margaritas.  So hard to find food in this town!

Thanks again to everyone who helped us out and made the tour so much fun.  See you next time USA!!  Don’t stop believing.  xx

 


Super Melody / Darren Sylvester US Tour – LA

Three beautiful days in sunny LA.  We’re sitting here on the patio of our dear friend Monica’s lovely new apartment in Silverlake, planning our drive north tomorrow -the scenic route, Highway 1 along the coast through Big Sur.  We survived the Five Stars Bar and have had a great time..  San Francisco tomorrow night!

Darren outside Karen Carpenter’s bedroom, Newville Ave, Downey.

Banana Margaritas, Corn Chips, Salsa, Jetlag.

LA cliche, Mulholland Drive.

Darren and Monica.

LA Sky.

Skyline, Hwy 101, from Mulholland Drive.

Darren performs at the Five Star Bar.

Monica and Darren, Griffith Park Observatory.

Monica and her new/old Christian Dior sunglasses.

Hollywood hills through the Griffith Park Observatory’s camera oscura.

Typical Silverlake cafe scene.


Announcing – US Tour with Darren Sylvester

Excited beyond words!!


THIS THING THIS WEEK

Melbourne has a number of great party-putting-on crews, and I’ve been lucky enough to play with some of the best.  A warehouse party with Collarbones and the Two Bright Lakes crew comes to find, as does playing at the last Danceteria Party.  And now my good fortune continues with an invite to play at THIS THING, amongst some of the city’s most refreshing beat makers, at the most happening dance hall in town.  I am beyond excited, and am working on a bunch of new material for the occasion..   So come along and dance with me!

The details are here.


Hello Goodbye

 

Feels like I was only back home for a second, didn’t even see half of my friends.  Between complaining about the cold I did enjoy a few lovely Melbourne winter moments.

 

Now I’m back in Saigon.  The next post will be full of exciting photos from the 2nd official Super Melody video shoot!


Don’t bite your friends!


Rolling


 

This is how I felt riding down to electric dreams tonight after my neighbours Troy and Sasha cooked up the best tostadas I’ve ever eaten.  Their son Neon has a marvelous persona. Hanging with him put me in the mindset for mixing a kids’ record. (via here)

 


Hangar Party

I finally got up to Brisbane to play at The Hangar, something like a year or more after we first talked about it. They’ve been pretty low-key of late, on account of neighbourhood politics etc, and I was worried I may have missed the moment. But the party was just as fun as I had hoped. Thanks so much to Toy Balloon for inviting me and everyone for coming along and dancing. Can’t wait to head up to your warm air and play again soon!

Before:

After:

Toy Balloon:


Super Bass

The song is terrible, but I can’t resist the concept of super bass. And you don’t have to listen to this picture thankfully.
Okay mental note, don’t drink and blog.


Space Elevator

The Leafs are one of my favourite bands, not just because we’re good buddies. They’ve finally released a CD, and though it only scratches the surface of their huge repertoire of genius 2-minute pop nuggets, I hear the next one is almost in the can. To go along with it, Angus Kemp, who is one half of The Leafs and also a sometime part of the Super Melody live show, has made this video. Watch out for a cameo by yours truly as the monochrome conguero. Check out more of The Leafs here.


Home Again Home Again

 

Back in Australia, boy it’s cold down here..

 

I have some shows coming up!

 

Brisbane // Saturday 28 May at Lofly Hangar,
helping Toy Balloon raise recording funds. First Brisbane show!

 

Melbourne // Wednesday 1 June at BAR OPEN,
with Time Shield (Faux Pas live), Clue To Kalo, Naminé and DJs Duelling Badness – FREE!

 

Melbourne // Friday 17th June, Danceteria Partay!!

 

More details soon..

 


Made In Vietnam

As I am out of stock and there is no way to purchase my album here (Itunes Vietnam – like the majority of Itunes stores – doesn’t sell music), I decided I would make some CDs to give away at my last two shows here.

 

The kid below hand-carved woodblock stamps of Jeremy’s and Cailan’s logos – skills! 100 CDs to give away in Hanoi, 100 for Saigon (the first 100 shown below).

 

The last show at Factory bar was a lot of fun, despite the usual appearance by the police.  Very much looking forward to playing at La Fenetre Soleil in Saigon again next week.  There’s a lot more exciting stuff going on down there too but more on that later!

 


Mic Pre / Ribbon Combination

Too coloured?


The View From My Window, Truc Bac Lake, Hanoi

Prediction:  I will not want to go home.

 


Jean Baptiste Mondino – La Danse Des Mots


 

Okay here’s something totally unrelated to being in Vietnam.  I found this on Test Pressing, and it goes out to my friend Darren who has just been in the Bahamas at the Compass Point studios working on a very exciting project that I will remain tight-lipped about for the moment.  The connection here is Island Records, many of whose 80s releases count as my favourite records of all time.  Compass Point is the studio where most of their best records were made, including – simultaneously!! – Tom Tom Club’s eponymous debut and Grace Jones’ “Nightclubbing”.

 

Mondino was the artist responsible for Grace Jones’ iconic (the word is overused but in this case totally accurate) artwork from the era.  Apparently producer Chris Blackwell would have Mondino’s already completed art pinned to the studio wall when the musicians arrived and would say “We need the music to sound like that.”  I don’t know if that’s true but I love the story. What I didn’t know was that Mondino was also a musician, and the above is a video for a song of his called La Danse Des Mots.  The song is fun, the video is brilliant. Reminds of me Gondry somewhat, obvious comparison I know.

 

Here are a couple more amazing Mondino videos, both featuring Grace Jones – firstly an ad for Citroen which has to be the greatest commercial ever:

 

 

And finally the video for Slave To The Rhythm, at the start of which you see Mondino cutting photos for the album cover.  Is this the best music video ever?

 

 

Factoid: “Slave to the Rhythm” (which was not recorded at Compass Point or produced by Blackwell) was not originally intended for Grace Jones, being written and produced by Trevor Horn for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow up to “Relax” and “Two Tribes”. But you already knew that.

 

 


Deep South

Spent a few days travelling around the Mekong Delta by boat which was totally amazing.  A few pictures below from two markets, including a floating one which was out of this world.  Back in Hanoi now, it’s really warm and I’m writing some new songs which feels GOOOOOOD.

 


Dream Kit Debut!

 

Studio roomy/collaborator/homeboy Declan Kelly aka Dream Kit is about to release his first EP on the wonderful Two Bright Lakes label.  He’s giving away a track for free, lucky us!  Next week the record drops, in the parlance of our times.

 


Qua-online-a-rama

My dearest friend Cornel Wilczek – aka Qua – finally took a week off, and is celebrating by putting a whole bunch of amazing internet content up for you to enjoy.  You can find most of it via his new webpage.  Or if you just want to listen to his music, go straight to his new Soundcloud page. For full sensory overload, however, watch the videos he has scored for his buddy Paul Robertson. Mind explosion!

 

 


Vietnam Bike Life Part 1


Saigon

Promised myself I would try and post every day..  here’s a bit of a catch up.  Have spent the last couple of days wandering around Saigon eating, drinking coffee and taking photos.  Have met some really great people too, more on that later.  Looking like I’ll be back in a month or so on my way home, another party is in the making.


Good To Be Back


Tonight in Saigon

 

Honoured to be involved, thanks to Jase from The Beats Saigon for hooking it up!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173645502686450

 


Bun Cha

Can’t get enough.


What am I gonna do..

..that I’ve finished “Blood’s A Rover” by James Ellroy?

In January I stumbled on “American Tabloid” and was utterly hooked.  It was like The Wire directed by Brian De Palma.  Facebook and other trivial amusements paled.  It ended, I despaired, then discovered – it’s part one of a trilogy!  ”The Cold Six Thousand” – equally brilliant.  ”Blood’s A Rover” was only published in 2009, if I’d found American Tabloid in 2006 it would have been an unbearable wait..  went through that with Cormac McCarthy’s “Cities of the Plain”.

There’s a big Ellroy back catalogue, and though I rate my chances low of finding any here in Hanoi, I’ve got the hunter’s spirit in me now.. thank you James.


Electric Dreams Studio now has a tumblr

http://daydreamselectric.tumblr.com/


HRC Show was a lot of fun

Thanks so much to everyone who made it happen, and all who came and danced!  Especially Commens for playing first up, and D.A. for letting me ride his saweet Honda cruiser to dinner and back!


Turf War


Choirs Are In!

Remixing Biddy Connor’s “Sailor Days” project today, it’s quite brilliant (the original, not the remix).  Lehmann B. Smith’s album has lots of choir action on it too – and it is wild.

It’s a group thing.


Went into the suburbs today and bought some paintings.


Tonight – First Show in Hanoi

Super Melody solo show at the Factory bar in Hanoi tonight (Friday)!  Mai, Ha and the rest of the crew have been so welcoming since I arrived, it will be really fun to play for them.  The place has a crazy 80s art feel with its multi-tiered industrial architecture, paintings of militaristic Francis Bacon armies and sculptures of people stuffed into neon barrels and “sealed for guaranteed freshness”.   Should be a blast! Starting at 8.30.

Factory – 11A Ngõ Bảo Khánh – Hoàn Kiếm – Hà Nội

www.factory.org.vn

Next week, playing at Hanoi Rock City – so excited!!


Make Your Own Disco Drums

My longtime brother in rhythm Sam Perry has been making some amazing disco music in his spare time.  He’s been using the name Pleasant Outcomes but that may change..  We recorded some drums for three of his tracks at Electric Dreams last weekend.  I was placing the mics and Tom was drumming.  I neglected to take a photo of either Sam or Tom but I didn’t forget to take a photo of how awesome the drums looked with a few of the studio’s coloured fluoro lights arranged for extra disco ambiance.  It was an Architecture In Helsinki drum kit family reunion.  Thanks to Gus who tuned those toms to perfection beforehand and made it all very easy.  Just wait til you hear Sam finished tracks.

Pleasant Dreams

Pleasant Dreams

Pleasant Drums


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