Friday 28 July
Sophie Hutchings + The Tall Grass
Sophie Hutchings is fast becoming one of Australia’s most celebrated piano based composers. In under twelve months she has released two critically acclaimed albums, Wide Asleep and Yonder, completed her first European tour and has recently returned from performing at Tasmanian based arts festival Dark Mofo.
Stirring, vigorous,[and] grandly melodic. – MOJO
As well as these recent achievements Sophie has toured Japan, supported international artists such as Olafur Arnalds and Federico Albanese, contributed soundtracks to a number of celebrated short films (Phone Call, House Party) and appeared on a slew of acclaimed compilations and collaborations such as Music And Migration (Second Language Records UK), Fifteen Shades Of White (Dronarivm Records, Russia), and Waltz (Flau Records, Japan).
Sophie returns to 505 with not only this impressive CV but also her full lineup of cellist Peter Hollo (FourPlay, Tangents, Neil Gaiman) and violinist Jay Kong (The Vines, Youth Group).
More than anything, Wide Asleep is a rebuke to stillness. Ever expanding, it’s a Fibonacci sequence turned into sound, an escalating pattern with neither end nor limit. A supreme achievement. – The Brag
Expect to hear pins drop as she plays. – Sydney Metro
The Tall Grass:
A potent and beguiling proposition, taking traditional songwriting forms and twisting them into one -off shapes that both spook and move the listener.
Their debut album, ‘Down The Unmarked Road’, saw the duo leave their regular Sydney environs to instead take up temporary residence in Melbourne producer and engineer Richard Andrew’s (Underground Lovers, Registered Nurse etc) Pharmacy studios. Special guests on the album also include Jesse Locke, Laura-Jean, Richard Andrew and Jerry Craib.
Songs are expertly built on close harmonies and traded lines, guitars that weave in and out and springboard off each other amid melodic bass lines, field recordings and jazz-mood drums and percussion. – Chris Familton (The Music)