Successful Australian musical exports appear to be inexplicably few and far between but recent success stories including the particularly magnificent Courtney Barnett are proof that this neck of the woods has plenty to offer when it comes to intelligent, imaginative bands capable of making their mark north of the equator. Sydney’s Little May could very well be the next if The National’s Aaron Brooking Dessner has anything to do with it.
Latest single Home is dark, brooding, and atmospheric and manages to encapsulate the band’s defining modus operandi. Gorgeous vocals weave their way intricately and delicately amongst shadowy hypnotic synths that drive toward an energizing chorus that manages to burrow itself surreptitiously into your unconscious. The track comes from the band’s debut album, produced by Dessner in Future Past Studios, a suitably gothic nineteenth-century church in Hudson, New York. Dessner’s garage also provided a suitably low-key environment to enhance the band’s subtle sound on the record, which also includes tracks from their eponymously titled 2014 EP release.
The record is called For the Company and will be released on 9th October and the band are accompanying this release with a substantial tour, kicking off in Australia before heading for dates in the UK, Europe and the US. The summer is beginning to wind down and Little May could be just the band to provide us all with a darker, more atmospheric soundtrack as we head towards the colder nights of autumn.
Friday 18th, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney Australia
Saturday 19th, The Foundry, Brisbane Australia
Thursday 24th, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Australia
Saturday 26th, Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth Australia
Monday 5th, Louisiana, Bristol England
Tuesday 6th, Bush Hall, London England
Thursday 8th, Gulliver’s, Manchester England
Saturday 10th, Brudnell Social Club, Leeds England
Sunday 11th, King Tut’s, Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday 13th, Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam Holland
Wednesday 14th, Pop Up du Label, Paris France
Thursday 15th, Blue Shell, Cologne Germany
Friday 16th, Botanique/Witloofbar, Brussels Belgium
Saturday 17th, Molotow Bar, Hamburg Germany
Sunday 18th, Privatclub, Berlin Germany
Tuesday 20th, Mercury Lounge, New York USA
Wednesday 21st, Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn USA
Friday 23rd, MilkBoy, Philadelphia USA
Saturday 24th, DC9, Washington USA
Monday 26th, Schubas Tavern, Chicago USA
Tuesday 27th, 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis USA
Thursday 29th, Barboza, Seattle USA
Friday 30th, Mississippi Studios, Portland USA
Monday 2nd, The Independent, San Francisco USA
Tuesday 3rd, The Echo, Los Angeles USA
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Review by Iain Fox | @IainFoxPhoto