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.


Apr 7 2014

O Henry

O Henry

TJ Eckleberg (This might feel like home – 2014)

Directed by Michael Mortlock – Mortlock Photography & Media

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.

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