Guy soldiering on
Guy had a very particular goal in mind for his fourth album, Dreaming Of A Night Mango. The acoustic singersongwriter wanted to create a record that would be soothing for his father and grandfather – both soldiers in wars gone by. ‘‘I wanted to make music that would make them relaxed,’’ he says. ‘‘Soldiers in any country in the world – whatever they are fighting for – are trained to be soldiers. But they don’t get trained to come back.’’ Guy feels he successfully touched on a calm feeling in Dreaming Of A Night Mango. ‘‘My dad has heard one of the songs and he really enjoyed it, which means a lot,’’ he says. ‘‘I wanted to create something that would be universally part of a relaxation process.’’ Guy, who lived on the Gold Coast from 1995 to 2001, describes himself as a nomadic troubadour. The now Melbourne-based artist recently returned from a lengthy stay in New Zealand where he is signed to the label of popular Kiwi songstress Bic Runga. He says the the album is also a reflection of his lifestyle – ‘‘it’s quite cruisy and intimate’’. ‘‘I am a bit of an observer, I’m not a storytelling songwriter. I like to observe what I see and write about it,’’ he says. ‘‘I try not to labour too much on what’s being said though. I want my words and music to join together.’’ Guy says inspiration for Dreaming of a Night Mango came to him when he spent time at a friends house in northern NSW. ‘‘That’s where balmy nights were spent on the balcony by the Tweed River listening to records,’’ he says. ‘‘I started writing when I got home to Melbourne. I lived across the road from an old jail that’s been around since the 1830s. I lived there for one year with the sole purpose to make an album. The old Pentridge Prison wall is a massive imposing figure and definitely provided a backdrop for the album.’’
Tim Guy plays Gov’s Espresso in Mermaid Beach on Saturday.
Tim Guy returns to the Coast to show off tunes from his fourth album