Australian Hamish Anderson, after gaining some popularity in his own country, has now got his sights set on the UK with the release of his debut album and single.
Radio station Triple J, who host an ‘unearthed’ chart famed for discovering true unsigned talent in Australia, found a demo of Anderson’s that went straight to their number one spot – when a demo is this successful, you know you can expect good things from the full EP.
As well as putting his own talents into this work, Anderson has also managed to attain the skills of others for this creation. Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers, after hearing Anderson’s work, recorded organ and piano work in the studio for the EP whilst touring Australia with the Foo Fighters. As well as Jaffee, members of Angus & Julia Stone (who recorded bass) and Bluejuice (drums) have all put efforts into this EP, which was produced by Eric J. Dubowsky, who also produced works by Weezer and Art vs Science.
‘Howl’ (above), the first single from the self-titled EP, is the strongest track and certainly the best choice for his debut. With lengthy guitar solos and loud drum beats, this song is the heaviest on the EP, and with the combination of this as well as his raw-yet-warm sounding vocals, it makes for the best demonstration of his potential as an artist.
The EP showcases Anderson’s versatility, with ‘Empty Thoughts’ demonstrating a more minimalism side of the artist, where he allows his vocals to dominate the track whilst acoustic guitars, quiet percussion and strings create a comparatively-quiet background to house Anderson’s vocals. A similar theme continues in his newest and second single, ‘Winter’, where an acoustic guitar is the only instrumental backing; this slowed down sound allows a perfect close to the EP after beginning with the much more rough-and-ready sound first heard in opening track‘ Howl’. Anderson has cited Bob Dylan as an influence, and this is clear in these tracks, with a more stripped-down sound and lyrics that are clearly personal to the singer.
At only 21, Anderson has musical maturity that stretches beyond many older and more experienced artists. The self-titled EP is a good demonstration of his potential and should earn him such much-deserved exposure.