Coming out of the musical wilderness
SOME records are the perfect soundtrack for solitary, postparty blues, while others, such as Alex Lloyd’s Urban Wilderness, are better suited to more upbeat situations.
Lloyd begins his east coast tour this week – his first string of performances since returning home in 2012 after five years in the UK.
Lloyd’s last live run was in 2011 in support of Mad Bastards, the APRA and ARIA-nominated film soundtrack he composed with Broome’s The Pigram Brothers.
During his stint abroad, Lloyd spent much of his time writing for other artists, including British folk/ rock singer Passenger. He is keen to sing in front of a large audience again after recently performing at the Caloundra Music Festival on the Sunshine Coast.
‘‘It was just such a buzz and I’m really, really looking forward to the tour,’’ Lloyd says.
‘‘I have been doing shows but not that regularly and they’ve been acoustic shows.
‘‘It’s just nice to hear a loud guitar and some drums and see a big audience again.’’
Lloyd’s last album, Good in the Face of a Stranger, was released in 2008 and is lyrically darker than his new offering, released last month.
‘‘This record is a much more positive, uplifting record,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s a bit more for the beginning of the barbecue as opposed to the end – the drunken, sorry end at three in the morning when everyone has left.’’
Lloyd drew inspiration for many of the songs from his own family.
He has four children between the ages of nine and five months old: Jake, Isaac, Elvis and Belle.
One of the tracks, Waterfall, is about his eldest son Jake, who is nine now but was about five years old at the time Lloyd penned the song.
‘‘You don’t always see everything that happens and you don’t know everything about your kids,’’ Lloyd says.
‘‘You have got to go with the flow a little bit like a waterfall. You can’t know everything. You have got to let go a little bit in order to let them grow.’’
also features the duet Honestly with country music favourite Kasey Chambers, who Lloyd has always respected and admired: ‘‘It’s always a lovely, warm feeling working with her.’’
Lloyd says he hopes to set up a space close to his NSW Central Coast home next year where he can work with young artists who need help with writing, production and development.
Urban Wilderness is out now. Alex Lloyd and The Young Lions play the Springwood Hotel on November 16 and Lismore Workers Club on November 17.