HEART & SOUL

STIR­RING MUSO RE­LAUNCHES HIS AL­BUM HEART­WOOD ON THE COAST TO­MOR­ROW NIGHT

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - ROSE SADLEIR

K arl S. Wil­liams is the type of cap­ti­vat­ing per­former who aims straight for the soul.

Mu­sic is his bow, dis­arm­ing vo­cals his ar­row, col­lec­tive con­scious­ness the tar­get.

Whether the lo­cal mu­si­cian chan­nels his sound through a solo show or as the ec­cen­tric front­man for psy­che­delic band Tsun, he doesn’t hold back.

In­spired by blues greats and folk mas­ter­minds alike, Karl is known for dig­ging deep and bar­ing all.

In a live set­ting, Karl be­comes so lost in the mu­sic and the mo­ment it ap­pears he’s com­pletely con­sumed by the sound he cre­ates.

“That part comes nat­u­rally ... it’s like reach­ing a trance state where noth­ing is a con­scious thought; ev­ery­thing is hap­pen­ing on this weird au­to­matic level,” he says.

“It’s my favourite thing about a live per­for­mance – the mo­ment when the per­former and crowd are trans­ported to another state of con­scious­ness.”

Karl says this posses­sive feel­ing – the sheer magic of live mu­sic – is height­ened by the pres­ence of an au­di­ence.

“It’s a re­ally en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially when you have a crowd of peo­ple go­ing there with you. It’s un­beat­able,” he says.

“All the au­di­ence’s in­tent fo­cuses on one point. It’s some­thing so unique and pow­er­ful, very spir­i­tual and al­most re­li­gious. Live mu­sic has the power to re­ally have a last­ing ef­fect.”

Hav­ing been a part of the Gold Coast gig­ging cir­cuit for a few years now, Karl’s tal­ents are well-known to lo­cal mu­sic buffs.

Well-versed in piano, guitar and banjo, the singer­song­writer also dab­bles with man­dolin, harp, flute and oc­ca­sion­ally the ka­zoo.

Oh, and he ab­so­lutely shreds at the mouth trum­pet, a vo­cal tech­nique that im­i­tates the sound of the brass in­stru­ment.

Most sur­pris­ingly, it wasn’t un­til Karl turned 19 that he first picked up the guitar, and he only “started to tin­ker” with the keys five years ago.

“I started lis­ten­ing to Nina Si­mone and other great pi­anoplay­ing artists,” he says.

About a year ago, Karl left his day job as a graphic de­signer and web de­vel­oper to im­merse him­self in mu­sic.

Since then, he has re­leased de­but solo al­bum Heart­wood in­de­pen­dently, and more re­cently, signed to mu­sic la­bel Foot­stomp Records.

“The idea of work­ing with a la­bel wasn’t some­thing I had re­ally chased,” says Karl.

“Mid­way through this year

THAT PART COMES NAT­U­RALLY ... IT’S LIKE REACH­ING A TRANCE STATE WHERE NOTH­ING IS A CON­SCIOUS THOUGHT

I re­alised with what I make on gigs it would be hard for me to record another al­bum.” Karl’s la­bel wanted to give

Heart­wood the proper re­lease it de­serves.

So they sent Karl back to the stu­dio to work on three more songs with Mark Mey­ers and Yanto Brown­ing.

The re-imag­ined deluxe ver­sion of Heart­wood will be launched on the Gold Coast to­mor­row night.

Karl will be joined by four mu­si­cians: Ge­orge Carpenter on or­gan, Jesse Car­roll on drums, Daniel Aurora on bass and Crick Boue on guitar.

In the com­ing months, Karl will tour his forth­com­ing sin­gle

Time Bomb be­fore hit­ting the road to sup­port la­bel­mates Busby Marou on a na­tional tour.

With a sing­ing style rem­i­nis­cent of Jeff Buck­ley’s trem­bling vo­cals, Karl is most at home while un­leash­ing his heart­felt tunes be­hind his key­board.

Off stage, Karl is a self­con­fessed in­tro­vert.

“Mu­sic has the abil­ity to open me up. It’s a dif­fer­ent lan­guage.”

Karl S. Wil­liams, Rab­bit + Co­coon, to­mor­row night. Busby Marou, Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton, Karl S. Wil­liams, The Sound­lounge, Au­gust 29.

Pic­ture: KIT WISE

Karl S. Wil­liams is a gifted Gold Coast mu­si­cian, who is also the front­man for psy­che­delic rock­ers Tsun.

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