Cos­sack cre­ative re­sults in a Vast col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era and Pablo Miller

The fi­nal prod­uct of a Pil­bara-based cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween some of Aus­tralia’s big­gest mu­si­cal names has been re­leased.

The 18-track al­bum Vast was com­posed dur­ing a meet­ing of about 25 mu­si­cians, vis­ual artists and film­mak­ers in Cos­sack in Septem­ber, 2017.

The record in­cludes tracks by ma­jor Aus­tralian mu­sic names in­clud­ing ex-Pow­derfin­ger lead singer Bernard Fan­ning, Some­thing for Kate and solo per­former Paul Dempsey, and The Pan­ics’ Jae Laf­fer.

Roe­bourne artists Tyson Mowarin and Josie Alec also con­trib­uted.

Speak­ing to Spirit Kar­ratha last week, Laf­fer said the al­bum fea­tured a range of tracks which had in com­mon their au­then­tic­ity to the artists’ time in Cos­sack.

“Not many things these days are done in the spirit of the mo­ment, but with this, most of it was done over those three days,” he said.

“There’s some­thing that uni­fies all the songs de­spite the real in-the­mo­ment at­mos­phere and peo­ple re­ally just writ­ing about what’s in front of them.”

The Vast Project was con­ceived by Dampier mu­si­cian Qynn Beard­man and Laf­fer to show­case the Pil­bara to artists from around the coun­try.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the Vast project and al­bum re­lease had the abil­ity to raise the re­gion’s pro­file.

“For the City, Vast was an op­por­tu­nity for high-pro­file Aus­tralian artists to ex­pe­ri­ence and be in­spired by our re­gion’s rich his­tory, cul­ture and land­scape,” he said. “It was also an op­por­tu­nity to show­case Cos­sack and the Pil­bara to the rest of Aus­tralia.”

Vast is now avail­able to buy, down­load or stream. Go to thev­ast­pro­ject.com/the-al­bum.

A doc­u­men­tary of the artists’ time in Cos­sack has also been made.

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Mu­si­cian Alex Gow in Cos­sack last year for Vast.

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