Sunbeam Sound Machine, the recording project of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Sowersby, releases his second LP Goodness Gracious, Friday May 3rd. ‘Talking Distance’ is the first offering from the album. Watch the accompanying video, by cinematographer Clancy Walker, below!
Goodness Gracious is a self-produced affair, written, recorded and mixed by Sowersby in his home studio before being mastered by John Lee at Phaedra Studios. Sonically, Goodness Gracious is intimate and expansive, full to the brim with chiming guitars, glittering loops and warped, cinematic strings.
Sowersby says “I began working on this album in an exploratory way, recording for recording’s sake until an album began to naturally take form. Along the way I found some sounds that it feels like I’ve been hearing in my head for years. The result is 11 songs that document a period of change, about what we look to for guidance, comfort and stability in uncertain times”
‘Talking Distance’ builds on a repeating distorted guitar pattern, a hypnotic rhythm section doing the heavy lifting while Sowersby’s vocals float over the top. The song details the feeling of coasting on auto-pilot, attempting to remain immune and keep one’s head above water in a flood of information and opinion.
The video, shot in the same home studio the album was recorded, captures the spirit of the song, stripping it down to its mechanical parts as Sowersby plays the instruments and delivers the vocals unaffected against a colourful, shifting backdrop.
Stream / download ‘Talking Distance’ here.