This is the first single from The Falls’ forthcoming debut EP ‘HOLLYWOOD’.
THEY MET. THEY FELL IN LOVE. THEY WROTE SONGS.
THEY FOUGHT. THEY MADE UP. THEY BROKE UP. THEY WROTE SONGS.
At a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for Sydney outfit The Falls this feels like just the beginning…
The first single Home, is a bitter sweet tale of escapism and the search for clarity, and the final realisation that no matter how hard you try and avoid life’s difficulties, in the end you must deal with them “it all comes back the moment I get home”.
It begins light and airy but builds naturally with simple production and with a final lift from a stirring string arrangement from producer Tony Buchen. It is a stunning example of two perfectly complimentary vocals melding together.
Almost subconsciously The Falls have documented their whole relationship in their songs. The love, the betrayal, the heartbreak. While at times it is hard for them to wear their hearts so openly on their sleeve, for The Falls, it has been a huge part of their songwriting.
In the fallout from Valentines Day, The Falls decided that rather than wallowing in self-pity they would put their heartbreak to tape. So they pulled out their little tascam 4-track portastudio, which, with all its tape wobbles and noise, aptly captured the fragility of their hearts. These fledgling recordings were just the beginning of what has become their debut EP ‘Hollywood’ (released July 2012 independently through MGM Distribution).
In late 2011, The Falls hit the studio with producer Tony Buchen (Old Man River, Andy Bull, WIM, Washington) to record ‘Hollywood’. The Hotel Hollywood in Sydney, has featured so strongly in their lives that it was inevitable that it would manifest itself in this way. For most of 2010 and 2011, it was where they could be found playing each week at a little, somewhat undiscovered, night of free music that emerged from the back streets of Surry Hills called Folk Club. It is also where they met, where they found their sound and where they wrote these songs.
In this intimate setting, the connection between these two onstage was palpable. Their emotionally fuelled live performances are compelling to watch, sometimes heartbreakingly so, garnering reviews such as “intoxicating melodies and gorgeous harmonies” and “(their) strength lies in their ability to convey raw emotion and wisdom in their lyrics”.
Buchen managed to imprint some of this Hollywood magic on each track, recording the reverbs for the EP down in the bowels of the hotel, in the downstairs men’s toilets. So, each song has on it a little Hollywood porcelain reverb or ‘pee-verb’ as they’ve been calling it.
With an unmistakable sound, barefoot collaborators and best friends The Falls are gently making a name for themselves in 2012.
“Beautiful harmonies, sweet as lyrics, warmth all round. I really love this. Those voices climb and soar so sweetly, and that toy piano comes in at just the right moment. A+.” ~ Zan Rowe, triple j
The Falls Are:
Simon Rudston-Brown(vocals, guitar, stomp-box)
Melinda Kirwin(vocals, piano, melodica and other cute things)
Directed by Johnny Welch
DOP Tim Glastonbury
Stylist/Wardrobe Hayley Smith
SFX Makeup Laurie Smith
Hair/Makeup Kimberley Forbes
Hair/Makeup Assistant Klara Illuzi
Production Company AMVI
Equipment provided by The Front (http://www.thefront.com.au)