The Courier-Mail

THINK LOCAL ACT GLOBAL LUCIAN-BLOMKAMP

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TWITTER: /lucianblom­kamp 349 followers FACEBOOK: /lucianblom­kampmusic 4244 fans

THE ARTIST: Melbourne polymath beat purveyor goes boldly into a flotation chamber. CURRENT RELEASE: From Afar single is the follow-up to his 2014 Post-Nature album. THE DEAL: He likes to watch. From Afar unfolds themes of alienation, mistrust and unquenchab­le lust. Cello strings bring levity to the song then they’re toothpicke­d apart by Massive Attack meets Nicolas Jaar synth washes. This is where Blomkamp’s classical training shines through. He won FBi Radio’s Northern Lights competitio­n and scored a slot on Reykjavik’s Iceland Airwaves Festival. Blogs be buzzin’. Konbini says: “Another precious pearl from Melbourne’s music scene is loudly emerging this month … get ready for this musical journey.” Indie Shuffle chips in with: “I can safely say he’s one of the most exciting, talented artists in Australian electronic music today.” Thump commends Lucian for being, “not afraid to play with your heart and your mind either”. Local tastemaker and champion of ‘Strayan music, triple j’s Dom Alessio says this of From Afar “This is such an awesome musical journey. You just gotta ride it.” Lucianblom­kamp was recently announced as the first signing to new label Good Manners Records in a partnershi­p with on-point label Caroline Australia. He joins the Good Manners stable alongside another up’n’comer Planète. Ol’ mate Chet Faker has helped pave the way with Gold, these guys are next. Second LP early 2016.

BUZZ RATING: 7/10

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