Strange Advice is Sydney-sider Piers Twomey’s debut album. Piers’ baritone and falsetto vocals matched with his reflective lyrics inhabit the recording’s alternately tranquil, playful and dramatic music.
References include Grand Salvo, Sun Kil Moon, Midlake and Bon Iver, matching a clear narrative with beautiful melodies, mysterious sounds and plenty of space.
The album was produced by Tony Dupe (Saddleback, Holly Throsby, Jack Ladder) at his quiet cottage studio home in Kangaroo Valley NSW, mixed by Tony in Berlin, and mastered at Skye Mastering off the coast of Scotland by Denis Blackham (Fennesz, Talk Talk, Rachel Unthank).
Strange Advice features 12 songs in a chamber-folk, sleepy-pop, experimental vein. Instrumentally organic and intimate, it features percussive loops, found sounds, double bass, violin, pump organ, piano and chorale vocals (by four female guest vocalists) alongside Piers’ vocal and guitars.
Tony and Piers have taken great pleasure in capturing, deconstructing and reassembling the songs here. Production and instrumental arrangements support each tale as they startle and stir the senses.
Piers also currently plays guitars/keys/vocals in Grün and Quiet Titans, and previously co-founded indie rock/shoegaze bands The Fragments and Transporter. He has performed alongside: Preston School of Industry, Dappled Cities, Jack Ladder, Fergus Brown, RedSunBand, Josh Pyke, The Panics, and The Devoted Few.
“The intelligent end of the Sydney indie scene makes a record with depth and thought to it. One of those little hidden gems to revel in. Luminous.“ Ross Clelland, Drum Media