Sydney maestro Andy Bull has been relatively quiet after touring his most recent release – The Phantom Plains EP – back in 2011. He’s always been immensely talented and well celebrated locally, but his new track ‘Keep on Running’ has taken him in a slightly new direction. This personal fork in the road (also his first self-produced release) has proven to be hugely successful already by being the most played on triple j for two weeks running. Bull is currently recording his new album, and based on the first offering it’s bound to be rather special.
I’m often surprised at some of the artist responses in this section, but Bull’s first ever CD purchase – The Score by the Fugees – makes perfect sense. As a clearly intelligent (I didn’t have to edit his response at all!) and well-trained musician, the brilliance of this album surely played a huge part in shaping Bull’s early musical life. Here’s what he had to say about it.
The first CD I ever went out and purchased (with my own pocket money!) was The Fugees ‘The Score’. At the time (1996, I think?) their version of ‘Killing Me Softly’ was a really big hit on the radio, and I remember thinking that it was the greatest thing I’d ever heard – like the most perfect, beautiful song. I bought the CD on the basis of that song, and it opened up a door into this really dark, mysterious, moonlit world. I guess I was too young to really understand a lot of the lyrical references, but it all seemed so very compelling, and exotic, with a very dark and haunting kind of pull… like a kind of permanently nocturnal parallel dimension. I think it’s a masterpiece still, it has stood the test of time. There’s a lot of clarity and restraint in the production, often just a beat and maybe one instrument or sample at a time, and the voices – Lauryn, Praswell and Wyclef – are so warm and present and knowing and urgent.It’s crazy to think how young they were when they made this. There’s so much to learn, and enjoy from this album. As an 11 year old, it introduced me to a world of sounds and ideas outside of guitar rock – and for that, I am forever grateful.
Andy Bull will be touring his latest single on the upcoming ‘Keep on Running” tour – which kicks off in Perth at the end of May. No doubt we’ll also hear a variety of tracks off his soon to be released second LP.
Sun May 26 – The Aviary, Aviary Rooftop Sesions, Perth
Thurs May 30 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Fri May 31 – Workers Club, Melbourne
Sat Jun 8 – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney