Drew Walky (aka Andrew Walker, aka Diprotodon Trangleflute) is a Canberran singer-songwriter with a unique folk/experimental/poetic style. A regular around local venues, this is Drew’s first release. It’s an EP of 5 tracks which left me wanting more.
The CD is good! If you’re unfamiliar with Drew’s songs, it may take a few listens to understand why it’s good, but well worth the dedicated listen.
Life-Force was recorded in Drew’s home studio and is of surprisingly good audio quality for a home recording. The audio is clear and well mixed (in part by Sam King) and the vocals and instruments sound great. The songs all have a minimalist feel to them which underlines the depth of the lyrics and enhances the precision of the guitar.
Several musicians feature on the album adding keyboards, saxophone, bass, and backing vocals. The instruments are chosen specifically for each song and compliment the songs well.
Drew’s lyrics are poetic and cryptic, full of emotion and imagery, often seemingly nonsensical, but always sung with a type of purpose which suggests there’s meaning which you haven’t yet figured. Musically, Drew’s guitar arrangements are involved and precise, and drive the songs in changing directions.
Product wise, the packaging is obscure and minimal (same can be said for the music) and covers only the necessary information of track names and performer thankyous.
This EP is a great example of the original talent that resides in Canberra and deserves many thorough listens.
Life-Force is available in Smith’s Alternative Book Shop in Alinga St, Civic for $12, and may be available through Cardboardcharlie.com.