Aug 30 2016

Black & amber

Aug 3 2016

TJ Eckleberg releases his 7th studio album Black & Amber in August 2016.

Eckleberg returns to Australia briefly from Japan, launching his new album with a solo performance at Colbourne Ave (Glebe) on Thursday 11 August.

The album is released independently on Akimbo records.

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Following three adrenalin-fuelled years in Berlin, the Australian singer-songwriter’s 7th album finds him in the calm of Kyoto, Japan, delivering his most focused album to date. Black & Amber marries the rush of new adventures with the loneliness and loss of leaving things behind – offering darkness and beauty in equal measure.

On Black & Amber, Eckleberg explores what it is to trade a world you know for one you don’t. In Someone I’m becoming, he asks ‘Was it something I was becoming? Something I’ve become? Someone coming undone?’. It’s a soulful, lush guitar-based album of sparkling tremolo, ragged radio speaker vocals, rippling sunshine delay lines and Eckleberg’s knack of balancing world weary whisper with fragile wail. From the disorientation of I swallowed the ocean to the sweet nostalgia of Mini Moke, the album merges a lost sixties garage soul with an off kilter indie aesthetic – magnifying small details into glimpses of what it is to make it through the day.

“Berlin was a crazy endless summer, but Kyoto is a different world – I’m walking past centuries old temples and sculpted gardens by the river, past Maiko and priests catching bullet trains. The silence, the detachment, the confusion throws a curious light on who I was, and who I could be…” – TJ Eckleberg

The second film clip from This might feel like home – directed by Finton Mahoney, featuring pole dancer Maki.

Filmed in Berlin, the clip is a tribute in part to the movies of Hal Hartley, and the track itself is a blues stomp come dance floor groove in the spirit of John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf.

Enjoy.

Apr 7 2014

O Henry

O Henry

TJ Eckleberg (This might feel like home – 2014)

Directed by Michael Mortlock – Mortlock Photography & Media
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O Henry is the first single from This might feel like home – TJ Eckleberg’s sixth independent release. It’s a song about how love catches us wide eyed, gets us listening for the unexpected and sometimes finds us even when we run away from it.
tjeckleberg.com
tjeckleberg.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/eckleberg/this-might-feel-like-home

TJ discusses the ideas, themes, collaborators and spaces that gave the album its unique vibe.