BLACKIE RELEASES NEW ALBUM
'THE PAINTINGS ON THE WALL SAY GAMBLER! GAMBLER!'
ON 1ST AUGUST & TOURS NATIONALLY
If there is any justice in this world, the third full-length studio album by Sydney’s Peter Black “THE PAINTINGS ON THE WALL SAY GAMBLER! GAMBLER!” will propel this dedicated artist into the mainstream consciousness with such force that the general public will stop watching the Kardashians so they can listen to this album. Over and over again.
“The Paintings…” is a flaming solid ball of creative explosion, whereby storm-trooping guitars and rhythm of Peter Black’s side-projects THE HARD-ONS and NUNCHUKKA SUPERFLY are overall forsaken in favour of various water colours, pastels and oil paintings of beautiful, introspective and may I say, whimsical melodies, that showcase a great understanding of what it means to be an ambitious yet utterly self-aware and self-assured song-writer and performer.
Witness God is on my side: Children’s intimate voices and delicate acoustic guitar give way to lush orchestration and a whole world of beauty in melody is explored within a mere two minutes.
Witness These Aren’t Doves of Peace: A brilliantly hook-laden melody positively floats along until a mesmerising drum-keyboard interplay takes the song out through the left-hand door. Pulsating. Exciting. Utterly aborbing. And over in a little over three minutes.
Perhaps the most gobsmackingly brilliant track here is the three minute instrumental opus The Corridor Song. Spooky enough to fling the eyeball off one of the Residents, it is a soundtrack to a sleep-deprived taxi driver’s walk up an unfamiliar apartment hallway to collect a passenger with a twisted and creepy Eastern European accent.
Does this sound like the creative output of an underpaid taxi driver? You bet. Peel away the layers and layers of musical textures here and witness at the core, an utterly driven misfit – an unusual non-conformist with three bucks in his pocket and a million volts of ideas in his heart. That is right. The meter is ticking. Peter Black will not wait for the mainstream to catch up with him. Out comes album number three. Already.
Beautiful. Haunting. Often Surreal. All these qualities and the utterly unique ability to combine the complex and simple within the same melody, the ability to mix lush with the sparse. A one-in-a-million performer and songwriter with his three-in-a-million album. Stephen Ahn - The Condell Park Daily
Saturday, 2nd August 2014
Newport Hotel - NSW (Blackie plays 3 sets)
Friday, 8th August 2014
Marrs Hill Cafe, Parramatta - NSW
SPECIAL GUEST OF KING BUZZO...
Wednesday, 13th August 2014
Enigma Bar, Adelaide - SA
Thursday, 14th August 2014
Barwon Club, Geelong - VIC
Friday, 15th August 2014
Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne - VIC
Wednesday, 20th August 2014
The Small Ballroom, Newcastle - NSW
Thursday, 21st August 2014
Newtown Social Club, Sydney - NSW
Friday, 22nd August 2014
Anita's Theatre, Wollongong - NSW
Saturday, 23rd August 2014
Transit Bar, Canberra - ACT
Sunday 24th August 2014
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane - QLD
'The Paintings On The Wall Say Gambler! Gambler!' is out Friday 1st August on Citadel Records.