Go­ing with the flow

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tyler Brown

TEN years ago, Lior At­tar, bet­ter known sim­ply as Lior, had a goal to sell 2000 copies of his de­but al­bum, Au­tumn Flow.

As an in­de­pen­dent artist, which was not so com­mon at the time, Lior had bor­rowed money “from a few peo­ple” to record and re­lease the al­bum.

“I worked out that I needed to sell about 2000 copies to pay ev­ery­one back and I re­mem­ber say­ing to them, ‘Look guys, there’s a good chance that’s not go­ing to hap­pen so I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your help but you just have to bear with me if I can’t pay you back’,” he said.

“For me, 2000 copies would have been a good re­sult and I would have felt good about mak­ing an al­bum that meant a lot to me and that enough peo­ple bought it just to pay ev­ery­one back.”

Since its re­lease in 2005, Au­tumn Flow has sur­passed plat­inum sta­tus, sell­ing more than 70,000 copies.

To cel­e­brate 10 years since its re­lease, the Aus­tralian singer­song­writer is hit­ting the road later this year with a six-date na­tional an­niver­sary tour, com­ing to the As­tor Theatre on Oc­to­ber 30.

“A cou­ple of peo­ple sug­gested (the tour idea) to me and my first re­ac­tion was to go, ‘No, I’m do­ing this and I want to do that af­ter’,” he said.

“Then I sat and thought about it and I think it is im­por­tant once in a while to just re­flect and par­tic­u­larly to cel­e­brate some­thing like Au­tumn Flow that was suc­cess­ful with­out any kind of com­mer­cial ex­pec­ta­tion placed on it at all.”

Tour­ing with a five-piece band, in­clud­ing two drum­mers play­ing on stage si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Lior will per­form Au­tumn Flow in its en­tirety, as well as se­lected favourites from his back cat­a­logue.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, the al­bum has also been rere­leased with a seven-track bonus disc.

“Three of them are orig­i­nal acous­tic demos of three of the songs from Au­tumn Flow that I dug up from the ar­chives, then there are a few songs that I’d recorded some time in the past 10 years but never re­ally found a home for,” Lior said.

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