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Kim Churchill + Microwave Jenny + Benjalu

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Kim Churchill

Australian songsmith Kim Churchill has announced his new album Weight_Falls will be released worldwide on Friday August 25 and is available to pre order now. After releasing the record’s first single, the triple j fave Breakneck Speed earlier this year, the album’s newest single Second Hand Car premiered on triple j last night and is available as instant download on album pre order.

To coincide with the release of WeightFalls, Churchill is pleased to announced the WeightFalls Australian Album Tour which will see him hit various cities in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA & QLD throughout September/October this year. Tickets are on sale now from www.kimchurchill.com.

Churchill spent 18 months working on the follow-up to his breakout LP, 2014’s Silence/Win, but the new record – polished and accessible – didn’t quite feel right. At the last minute, Churchill decided to throw it out and start again.

Those familiar with Churchill’s radio smash Window to The Sky, which reached number 42 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. His newest single Second Hand Car is immediately identifiable as Churchill’s with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.

What sets Weight_Falls apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty.

Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring Silence/Win around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka.

“I worked really hard on the follow-up record for a long time,” he explains – “and it sounded good. But some very subtle layer of my consciousness was saying to me, ‘It’s not all that inspiring.’”

So Churchill picked up his guitar. He wrote a second version of the album in one frenetic week, then spent two months piecing together the new recordings with ARIA-winning producer Ian Pritchett in a garage in Western Sydney. The resulting LP, Weight_Falls, is a kaleidoscopic collection that is bound to take both fans and critics by surprise.

Catch Kim Churchill as embarks on the Weight_Falls Australian Album Tour this coming September/October. Tickets on sale now from www.kimchurchill.com.

Microwave Jenny

Microwave Jenny is indigenous, Australian duo Tessa Nuku and Brendon Boney. With a name that stems from classic Aussie film "The Castle", Microwave Jenny’s genre-defying style is determined to bring fun and optimism back to the Australian musical landscape. Brendon and Tessa first crossed paths while rehearsing backstage at a show in 2005. The realisation they shared the same kind of musical direction and an undeniable chemistry was the catalyst for the first Microwave Jenny show. Tessa has a unique voice that will send an unforgettable tingle down the audience’s spine. Her alternative twist on the jazz and pop genres will carve a new spot in listeners’ hearts plus her ability to make an amazing choc-top ice cream will help make the Central Coast 24-year-old a force in the Australian music industry.

Combined with Brendon’s ability to eat choc-top ice creams, his heart-felt, blues influenced guitar and vocals the dynamic pairing promises something truly special. Brendon, also 24, had his first guitar when he was 10 but only picked it up and played nearly 7 years later when a severe shoulder injury ended a soccer career that had seen him travelling the world. This singer/songwriting duet's musical education doesn't end there though. Believing strongly in the importance of an artist's independence, they have been running their career completely on their own and learning plenty along the way.

Already a festival favourite performing at Bluesfest, The Woodford Folk Festival, Peats Ridge, The Fuse Festival, The Dreaming Festival, The Darwin Festival, Nannup Music Festival and The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME). Drawing influence from artists such as James Taylor, Van Morrison, Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell, they aim to promote good vibes, positive spirited music with honest and sincere lyrics.

Benjalu

Good vibes and good times run through the blood of the five mates known collectively as BENJALU. A message, sent via Chinese whispers is growing the cult following this band has, both nationally and internationally.

BENJALU ended 2011 on a high, with performances at Festival Of The Sun, Woodford Folk Festival and Peats Ridge Festival. Another successful year gone to reflect on, a new one is born. With it brings a whole new chapter to be written...

What we’ve heard so far:

“If practice makes perfect, Novocastrian roots outfit Benjalu must be close.” (Nils Hay, Rave Magazine).

“Young and exciting act.” (Nick Milligan, Reverb Magazine)

“Just infectious and hard not to get involved with their clever grooves and good feel.” (James Schaefer, Jam Magazine)