Fresh out of Australia, Hamish Anderson has just hit the UK with his debut self-titled EP. Making some serious noise on the local scene in his hometown of Melbourne, Anderson’s fearless folk rock will transport you to a state of vulnerability in no time.
At just 21, the level of authenticity within Anderson’s music is quite impressive. Reflective of this was his time in studio, warranting visits from various artists willing to contribute his sound. With a little help on keys from Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers), a slap of bass from Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone and Kanye West) and drums from James Haupton (Bluejuice) – he’s certainly headed in the right direction.
Triple J unearthed is Australia’s way of sifting out the countries best artists; real talent. After topping the pop/rock category with a demo track, Hamish Anderson earned his trust amongst listeners. With a musical cult following, the station places great emphasis on home grown talent and alternative music.
The talent doesn’t stop there. His five-track EP was mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Dr John, The Shins). But enough with the surrounding talent, let’s get down to business. The debut single ‘Howl’ is one of the heavier tracks on the EP. It explores the depth of Anderson’s voice; warm and alluring. Still maintaining a largely folk vibe, the guitar solar adds a level of rawness that defines his image as a young emerging artist. Slowing down a little for the closing track, Winter is a great example of when less is more.
Allowing the lyrics to lead the way, Hamish Anderson is straightforward and to the point. Maintaining a more gentle melody throughout, this man knows balance. Throw a husky voice in there and what you are left with is a fan base looking forward to an album in the not too distant future.
Hamish Anderson – The EP can be purchased on iTunes
Written by Kylie O’Connell