Gareth Liddiard - Strange Tourist out today on ATP Recordings

Monday 31st January, 2011

Australia’s most celebrated contemporary songwriter has recorded his debut solo album, and it is out this week on CD / 2xLP / Digital Download. For the past ten years, Gareth Liddiard has been the driving creative force behind Australian Music Prize-winning band The Drones and a string of modern classics including ‘I Don’t Ever Want To Change’, ‘Sixteen Straws’ and ‘Shark-Fin Blues’ – named the greatest Australian song ever written by a panel of musicians polled by national youth network, Triple J.

Recorded in an isolated mansion thirty minutes outside Yass, in country New South Wales, Strange Tourist captures Liddiard at his most naked, and his most explosive. Armed with just a guitar, he makes surreal stories of tightrope walkers, down and outers, suicidal Japanese salarymen and suburban radicals come alive like no one else could.

Recorded with another graduate of the Australian Music Prize, Burke Reid (the producer behind 2007 winner The Mess Hall’s Devils Elbow and The Drones’ fourth album Havilah), Strange Tourist is the latest instalment from one of Australia’s most talented poets. Listen to it now, because you’ll be hearing about it for years to come.

Here's just a sample of the great reviews so far:

4/5, "Superlative...Liddiard's screeds demand and reward the listener's full attention" - Mojo

"Superbly engaging...crystalline and austere." - The Quietus

4.5/5, "Quite possibly the best songwriter in Australia...Strange Tourist is an intense, challenging song cycle." - Sydney Morning Herald

4/5, "A dazzling collection...a masterpiece...it lingers long after the final note has been played." - Rolling Stone Australia

Album Of The Month, "This is something really exceptional. Liddiard is inspired." - The Age Melbourne

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