Pascal Babare's 'Sorry, Morning' Album Released 5th August 201315 Jul 2013
Pascal Babare's 'Sorry, Morning' Album Released 5th August 2013
Pascal Babare was born in southern Australia, the son of a singer and a percussionist/composer. His mother can only hear in one ear and sings like an angel; his father was quite possibly the first ex-gangster to join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Raised in and out of ashrams on a diet of Pet Sounds and droning chant, Pascal helped care for his first mentor, a camel named Jinglebaba, while listening to 2-Pac and devising uniquely horrific ways to kill insects. Wondering what it all meant, he wrote to Brian Wilson, who told him to focus on the heart's vibrations in a letter he keeps close to this day. A drummer in his pre-teens, as his school days dwindled Pascal started picking up instruments he found at his house, first with others and then alone, until the banging expanded to encompass guitars and harmoniums and birds and thighs, was committed to tape, and found its way into sublime chunks of warm, rickety pop.
In 2009 Pascal Babare gave us Thunderclap Spring, his first LP. Released through London/Tokyo-based label blackmaps, Thunderclap was a set of sublime, warm, rickety pop songs that belied its creator's tender years, its thirteen songs, as Music OMH wrote, "a stunning debut from an exciting talent."
Thunderclap, mostly recorded when Pascal was eighteen, garnered unanimous critical acclaim: BBC Music called it "an auspicious debut with the sense of a pull toward cult greatness"; The Line Of Best Fit "an inspired work that often borders on genius"; Clash Magazine "a wonderfully charming rainy-day record that is sumptuously rich as it is subtle and organic". In late 2009, Pascal's formidable cover of Joy Division's 'Ceremony' became one of NME's tracks of the week.
Between then and now, Pascal travelled widely, taking up residence in Kyoto, Berlin and London, and touring Europe with Matt Nicholson's Function Ensemble (now Outshine Family). Everywhere he went, more or less, he recorded, and Sorry, Morning, his sophomore lp, is the fruit of this labour-an album of fluid, unpredictable, percussive pop that reflects the many and varied inspirations Pascal found on his travels, while remaining completely of a piece. From the languidly beautiful 'Insomnia' to the bright, propulsive 'Family Hands', to the immediate, assured pop of 'Heaven Clubs', 'House of Mirrors' and 'Santa's Seasonal Showdown', Sorry, Morning is a generous, accomplished record, a lush, enveloping listen built around economical, precise, uncommonly handsome songs.
Self-recorded, in thick-carpeted suburbia, in thin-walled Japan, in fog-blanked London, on street corners and during carnivals in Berlin, his music is possessed of a looseness, a lightness and a songwriting wizardry that belies its creator's years.