Watch List: Drown in the Lush Wonderland of 'Tulalah'
Open your eyes, open your eyes, open your eyes…
A genuine talent that shouldn't be slept on -
From the sandy Melbourne peninsular shore, comes an offering of beauty—Tulalah—like the divine birth of Venus. Put a seashell to your ear and this time you can hear stunningly arranged compositions of a nine-piece orchestra, paling the sound of ocean waves. Builds of brass—saxophone, trombone, trumpet-- come like waves pulling in and out over your feet. Percussion is the drums and xylophone. Vocals alternate between a female and male voice, shadowing, and eventually meeting each other in every track. All elements of rock, jazz, classical, and folk are fluidly worked in creating a certain cinematic-feel. Every time I put their music on, I can pretend I’m an actress starring in her own film, watching my life become a reel, in which the mundane has the opportunity to become the spectacular at any minute. My bedroom and the snowy city sidewalks become a set and everything exists as a pretty prop. To have music do that to you is an underrated feeling. Your hairs begin to raise.
The Flood, their mint-new album was “the result of two weeks spent in a beach house” and “From there, several churches & halls in Melbourne's inner north were used to track vocal, string & horn sections. The album is set to be an ethereal yet energetic sonic wonderland.” They prove themselves right as I make notes of their songs. "TV Set for Free"—I’m flooded with euphony and wow, a xylophone exit. "Reprise"—cymbal crashing and a sense of drifting. "Apart"— Piano is Erik Satie-like. Delicate somberness that moves you, but might have you curl up with tears if you’re already feeling melancholic. Everything—phenomenal and lush, like a moonlit garden or a movie score written by Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead). And like a lucid dream we must stay wide-awake for Tulalah.