Malcura, the Melbourne-based flamenco sensations, are releasing their new album ‘Malcura II’ on the 27th November.
The band gives you a thrilling and eclectic journey through sound, combining the technical ability and passion of Flamenco with Gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, a rock ‘n’ roll mentality, and the odd heavy metal riff. From humble beginnings as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their unique sound and now aim to introduce the rest of the world to their extraordinary music.
First gaining traction with their highly popular renditions of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, and the ‘Gerudo Valley Theme’ from the video game ‘Zelda’ in 2016 with over 8 million views on YouTube, the band then went on to be nominated for ‘Best Global/Reggae Album’ at The Age Music Victoria Awards.
Their brand new album ‘Malcura II’ to be released on the 27th November introduces us to a new way of listening to music: feeling it. Through listening to the album, you will find yourself uplifted and struggling to fight the urge to get up and dance. The music will take you on an epic sonic journey complete with an enthralling space-themed storyline. You will get to meet the astronaut, Captain Snus, who will take you through a black hole into a mysterious new planet which you can see in the beautiful album artwork created by Jamie Peters.
Take the soft croons of James Vincent McMorrow, the cinematic atmospherics of Sufjan Stevens, and the gut-wrenching storytelling of Bon Iver, and you’ll have the essence of Harp Samuels’ devastatingly tender slow burners. With his sophomore record in the pipeline, we catch up with the Australian songwriter to find out what went on behind the studio doors…
Describe your music in five words.
Deep, thoughtful, unique, melodic, and vulnerable.
What’s the story behind forthcoming album ‘Breathe’?
I lost my Dad last year right when I was in the middle of promoting my debut album ‘Wanting.’ I decided to go home to Melbourne, and I was feeling a lot of tension/ grief and all kinds of stuff. I wanted to put those feelings somewhere so I turned to music and art, initially purely to process what I was going through. It’s about tension, closure, new chapters, and our relationship to the eternal.
Is there a song on the album that’s particularly close to your heart?
The song ‘Closure in C’ (an homage to Canon in D) was played on my Dad’s piano, and the reason is that my family is going to sell it, so I wanted to write/ perform a piece on it as an act of closure.
You’ve said there are a lot of ‘easter eggs’ in the project. Can you give us an exclusive on what to expect?
The track listing is in alphabetical order and the amount of tracks (9) represents in-completion. The songs and project have been carefully named, and are designed to ﬂow as one 30 minute themed musical project.
Australian born singer/ songwriter Harp Samuels is back with his latest track ‘Breathe’, from the upcoming album of the same name.
‘Breathe’ was written in the aftermath of his father’s passing, using his grief as the emotional motivator of his spiritual awakening. The song begins mellow, before climaxing in an intimate outpouring of raw emotion. The heavy, evoking lyrics are a powerful reminder of our numbered days. This breath-taking track ends with flickering embers that radiate warmth.
‘Breathe’ gives Harp’s listeners a moment of quiet self-reflection. Harp combines the musical stylings of neo-folk and ambience with an emotive approach to his vocal storytelling. The special and haunting track is a stunning display of Samuels’ artistry as a singer/ songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
His 2017 debut album, Wanting received widespread air time on US radio along with several hundred thousand streams. Harp Samuels has also featured on MTV unplugged, The Bluegrass Situation, Tunecore and Atwood Magazine.
In addition to his music the Melbourne born singer is also an active filmmaker, award winning photographer and creative artists.